It tickles me pink when magazines think that as soon as the leaves come down, we all make plans to hold glamorous 5-course dinner parties for a dozen guests. Actually, my preferred form of entertaining is the type where I open the front door and dole out candy to little people.
However, if you are into grown-up candlelight suppers, you might enjoy these tips from House Beautiful on how to do it in style. At any rate, some of them gave me a good giggle:
- “Have a stiff drink before anyone arrives. If you are having fun, everyone will have fun”.
My reality: Yup, guests love it when I set fire to the oven mitts and then fall asleep in the downstairs bathroom.
- “Have beverages visible from the moment guests step in the door.”
My reality: Well, that would create a delightful gridlock in the hallway. It might get me a snide mention on Catalog Living, too.
- “Always do favors. People love to leave with a little something.”
My reality: I agree: guests adore leaving my parties with a slice of cold pizza in cling-wrap.
- “Buy a pad of sticky notes and write everything down that you need to do. Stick them all around the kitchen. When you finish a task, take down that note.”
- “You should always have a cold bottle of bubbly stashed in your refrigerator in case friends drop by.”
My reality: nice cup of Earl Grey, anyone?
In case you think I’m being too mean to the good folks at House Beautiful, many of the tips, such as “start with an empty dishwasher” and “you can never have too many white plates”, are pretty good.
And lest you leave with the impression that I am a completely hopeless hostess, rest assured, I do like to have friends over, but on my own terms. And while this plan-ahead-princess greatly prefers 2 weeks notice, I can even cope with same-day socializing.
What’s your entertaining style? Are you all about Dom Perignon and placecards, or is your home more into Guitar Hero and guacamole?