Fondue conjures up a variety of conceptions; some are true, many are not. Double dipping. Fire hazard. Outdated. Are you running for the hills? I hope not. Fondue, though gaining popularity, often goes overlooked as the perfect fare for entertaining. So many of us are short on time and use this as an excuse to pass on entertaining, but fondue can be assembled in little time and with affordable ingredients. Plus, it gives the host a chance to sit and enjoy the evening with guests rather than slaving away in the kitchen. Here are five simple tips to help you throw a successful fondue party of your own. (more…)
As wonderful as entertaining at home can be, sometimes going out to a restaurant is just more appealing, especially with a large group. Among the upsides: professionally prepared dishes cooked to order, and hours saved washing dishes, shopping, cooking and cleaning. But pleasing a big group can be challenging. What kind of restaurant should you chose? How will the bill be paid? Will everyone like the menu selection? What if there aren’t any options for the vegetarian in the group? Inevitably, the bigger the group, the more logistical challenges you may encounter—like the awkward post-dinner moment when the check comes out and you have to do the math. (more…)
Long days, warm nights and the sight of bare toes are all sure signs: summer has finally arrived! No matter how old we get, when the season gets into full swing, that summer-loving kid inside all of us comes out, bringing back memories of running barefoot in the grass, eating cherry tomatoes straight from the garden, drinking lemonade, and soaking up as much sun as possible. What better way to celebrate the season and spread childlike joy than by throwing a fabulous summer party?
When I moved to Japan, I knew entertaining might be difficult. Living in Minnesota, hosting parties was easy because we had plenty of room for friends and food. Moving from our 1,000 square foot apartment in St. Paul to a 450 square footer in Tokyo was a shocker. I thought our entertaining days were over. However, entertaining became simpler and more efficient with a little creativity. These tips may seem obvious, but they make a huge difference in how successful your next gathering can be. (more…)