2. Play Some Parlor Games
Gathering all of your friends in one place for the first time can sometimes be daunting, so be sure to prep some get-to-know-you-activities in advance. I’m a huge fan of the age-old “Two Truths And A Lie.” Before everyone digs into their food, have them go around the table, introduce themselves, and state three random facts about their life. Two of them should be factual, but one should be made-up (e.g.: I was born with six toes or I was a State Spelling Bee Champion in third grade). Let the other guests decide which one is false… and let the laughs roll in.
3. Let Their Cups Runneth Over
Don’t underestimate how thirsty hungry guests can be, and plan accordingly. A couple of cases of mason jars are cost effective, look cool, and can be used for water, wine, hot coffee, and tea. Plus, once the party’s over, you can always reuse them—they look beautiful on a bookshelf filled with herbs or fresh cut sunflowers.
4. Take The Floor
Freaked out about where everyone’s gonna sit? No need to fret; just load up on floor pillows and poufs and let your guests recline accordingly. You’d be surprised by how much people appreciate getting in their R and R, plate and cup in hand.
5. Don’t Skimp On Dessert
Making a delicious meal is time-consuming indeed, but don’t let the effort deter you from also creating a delicious dessert. I’m a huge fan of a classic summer crumble; rhubarb and strawberry together are an incredible combo. Toss your ingredients in an All-Clad d5® 8-Inch Fry Pan, stir it on the stove top until it’s sweet and syrupy, add your streusel topping and pop right into the oven—pan and all. No muss, no fuss—what more could a hostess with the mostess ask for?
Serving Size: 3 - 5
Time: 8 Minutes