When it comes to summer entertaining, you want to create the right atmosphere for your guests without going through hours of prep. The key is a few clever shortcuts so you can spend time on what’s worth it. Read on for our tips to creating the perfect evening.
It’s OK To Have A Few Store-Bought Items
If cooking for several people sounds daunting, don’t stress! We recommend mixing store-bought and home cooked items to wow your guests without spending hours in the kitchen. Focus on cooking what you’re good at, whether it’s dessert or a side that’s your specialty, and fill out the rest of the menu with pre-made items.
Set The Mood
When it comes to entertaining, it’s the little details that make the difference. If you’re dining alfresco, add string lights to your balcony or terrace to create ambiance. Set the table with your favourite tableware and napkins ahead of time. You can even create name cards for each guest! Another tip is to consider your playlist ahead of time. Livelier music can work for a cocktail party, while something more soothing is better for dinner. Also, consider volume: the rule is if your dinner guests can easily make out the words to songs over conversation, your music’s too loud.
Have A Cocktail Ready For Your Guests’ Arrival
The first thing guests tend to want is a drink, and having this detail ready will make the night go smoothly. There’s lots of simple yet easy cocktail recipes, such as white wine sangria, which is always a crowd pleaser. If you know some of your guests will be driving or would like to abstain for whatever reason, it’s thoughtful to have a non-alcoholic option as well.
Impress Your Guests With Wine Ice Cubes
If you want to add a special touch to your guests’ drinks, try wine ice cubes. Simply fill an ice tray with your favorite wine (or whatever cocktail you are serving) and freeze. Not only are they pretty, but these ice cubes will keep drinks cold without diluting them.
Don’t Go Crazy With Appetizers
Concentrate on the main course: after all, that’s why your guests are there. A simple cheese board or veggies and dip goes a long way! If you are planning a cocktail hour and only serving appetizers, group them on platters or trays so they are more manageable. You might go with a cheese plate, a charcuterie board, and a fruit and veggie platter, for example.
Follow our simple tips and you’ll be impressing guests in no time. Remember, all it takes is a bit of preparation and a dash of creativity to pull off the perfect night. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow along on the Medallion blog for more summer entertaining tips.