You have a spur of the moment get together with your friends?
Your in-laws just called...they are at your door steps
.....in less then an hour?
Don't panic!I will share with you how you can pull off a gracious get together in your home using what you already have in your house, with only an hour of notice and with two kids around...a 3 year old and 18 month old.I did it,and so can you!
You may need to pray first!
First things first!
Tidy up!Get a laundry basket and go throughout the public spaces to gather up all the unnecessary clutter: toys, books etc.Get the kids involved too.
Quickly clean the bathroom and vacuum the floors and carpets in the rooms that will be used for the event if you need to.
Remember that your home does not have to be sanitised or clean enough to eat off the floor in order to host guests.If your guests get close enough to notice that your floor isn’t perfectly clean, then they are not really your friends!
When I say food I mean appetiser.It would be ideal to have some appetiser staples at all times in your fridge and pantry...I didn't, just so that this would be helpful for the worse case scenario too.
Go to your pantry and fridge,see what ingredients you have and plan the menu in your had wile you vacuum.Multitasking !
If you have eggs,boil them now.They need time to cool.You will use them for stuffed eggs.
Here are some quick appetiser ideas:
- tuna sandwiches
- cheese sandwiches
- veggie tray & Dip
- crackers,bread sticks,crisps(chips)
-cheese & grapes
-cherry tomatoes,fresh basil& mozzarella on skewers.
-bruschetta with goat cheese, pesto and cherry tomatoes,
-cream cheese stuffed pepper
So here is what I have found in my fridge and pantry:
They all turned in to this:
Now that you are done with your food, empty your sink of dishes.
Hide them wash them .
A cluttered sink can make your whole kitchen look messy.
I still have my kids around...they are busy with a snack and playing with some neon coloured plasters.:)
I have made:
Stuffed eggs with a mix of yolk,cream cheese ,Brussels Pate and a bit of mustard an mayonnaise.
Crisp rolls (brusqeta) with cream cheese,cherry tomatoes and parsley.
Sandwiches with Pink Salmon and mayonnaise.
Crisps with hummus and onions.
Now that your food is done and ready to be placed on the table,take time to place everything together nicely,if you hurry to much it will show,wipe off any spills and make sure all your table wear are clean.
I put the decor last on the list,but to be honest,to me that is the first thing I think about and do.
You need to be creative with what you have.
Think outside the box.
If you don't have fresh flowers use your pot of parsley or gather some different sized glasses with some candles.It would make a world of a difference to your table setting and to your guests as well.It will show that you put an effort and they are important to you
and that you are way better then Martha Stewart!
Your food can be decor as well.
Instead of using a traditional veggie tray,put your veggies in wine glasses and the dip too.
Or use a pepper to put the yogurt dip in.
Give your veggies a royal treatment and
use a cake stand to display them
and you have your self a pretty table centrepiece.
It is all in the details.
Paint the foot of the glass with chalk paint and you can write your initial or full name if you need to.
I saw this idea on Pinterest way back ,it is genius,it looks pretty and it's very useful!
You are done ,with minutes to spare!
And if all fails remember that an inviting atmosphere and gracious host goes much further than a four-star meal and fancy decor .Smile and they will not notice the mess under the sofa.
PS - Today was supposed to be Embrace the camera,but I don't have any new pictures...so I'm skipping, just this time!:)
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