Mi casa es su casa. In 1941, Dorothy Draper wrote Entertaining is Fun, and she was right. Nothing is difficult when you’re organized. While entertaining, the more you plan and pre-plan, the more fabulous your party will be.
Lisa’s Golden Rules:
- Everyone is food-centric these days, so it’s not a bad idea to send an email asking if there are any foods your guests don’t eat. I normally leave it up to the guests, but make sure to play it safe if you don’t want to kill anyone over a peanut or fish allergy.
- It’s your duty to show guests where to hang their hats, use the bathroom, and get a drink.
- Meals that are prepared ahead of time means you can spend more time with your guest. So plan, cook ahead, and enjoy yourself.
- When I first began entertaining as a married woman, I never wanted to accept help in the kitchen. But, boy, have I changed. If someone offers, just say yes.
- Your role as a host is to take care of your guests. They come first, so make sure all their needs are attended to before you sit down.
- Covid is still not a thing of the past, so offer sanitization stations and make sure everyone feels comfortable.
- Chances are you will be having small parties versus large gatherings, which makes life a lot easier. In the end, the motto is “My house is your house,” at least for the duration of the party.
Kicking up my heels before party time!