When you think of summer entertaining, don’t think you suddenly need to transform yourself into a gourmet chef to make your get-together a culinary success. Pay attention to just a few simple details and you can add just enough flair to dress up any party—whether it’s planned in a few weeks—or just a few hours—in advance!
Whether you’ve got a from-scratch meal on the menu or you’re relying on store-bought hors d’oeuvres, incorporating any of these elements will instantly add that little something extra that will make your guests feel welcome and special in your own seductive home. After all, they are the most important ingredients to any party!
Colorful Fruits and Veggies
Add color and healthy finger foods to your table by serving trays of fruits and veggies. Be sure to mix in something exotic like kiwis or pomegranates in with peaches, pineapple or strawberries! For a cold treat, you can also freeze raspberries, grapes and strawberries and use them as ice cubes in refreshing beverages!
Nothing dresses up a table like a cheese plate—and nothing is easier to prepare. In fact, this party-ready purchase will just about serve itself! For a very chic touch, add garnish with red and green seedless grapes.
On their own, olives instantly lend a little luxury to any party spread. There’s plenty of options out there, but opt for ones stuffed with delicacies like jalapeños and blue cheese for extra decadence! In my opinion, the spicier the better!
Dips and Salsas
Banish the blah from your table by opting for dips and salsas a step above everyday standbys. Think a chipotle ranch rather than just ranch or a salsa flavored with hints of summery mango or pineapple.
Even if you don’t feel comfortable in the kitchen, you can impress your guests with an assortment of thaw-and-bake treats. Provide decadent garnishes or dips and serve on a great platter.
Forget boring white or solid color napkins. Opt for funky patterns or fun sayings to add a little personality to your party—and maybe even get the conversation going!
Create Your Own…
Whether it’s mini pizzas, tacos or ice cream cones, allow your guests to express their personalities on their plates. They’ll love the personal touch, and providing lots of options and toppings is simple!
Presentation is everything! Even if you whip up something at the last minute, you can make it look gourmet by serving it on a beautiful platter or in some other unique way, like serving fruit in a scooped out melon or fill colorful peppers with dips.
Remember that you set the tone for your get-together. It’s your party, from what you wear to what you serve. Be the hostess with the mostess, always let your guests know what the attire is and the type of vibe you are going for in advance.
What are you waiting for?