This post about entertaining tips was sponsored by Libbey as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
I love entertaining and having parties, but several years ago, I was embarrassed by the size of my home and how it looked, so I refused to host any get togethers at my house. I live in a very small home, around 1000 square foot total, so it is really hard to have a party when I feel like entertaining.
However, there are a few things that I can do that make it a lot easier and also keep me from blowing my budget
Several years ago, I read a book that changed my way of thinking when it came to entertaining. The Reluctant Entertainer really helped me to discover my passion and put aside my fears of entertaining. Here are a few things I learned while reading that book.
Your Serving Dishes Don't Need to Match
I used to go to friends' homes and see their beautiful laid out sets where everything matched — the silverware matched, all the stemware matched, the dishes were perfect and even the serving platters matched the dishes. I thought that I had to accomplish having this before I could have people over in my home.
After reading the book, I realized that having dishes like that, it really didn't matter. As long as what you have is chip free and clean, embrace the uniqueness and serve on them.
Same with your drinking glasses. I have a ton of different shapes and styles that I have picked up over the years. Many of them I got at thrift shops and garage sales and paid almost nothing for them. But when Bed, Bath & Beyond has a 30% off sale, then I pick up a cute stemware set like the American made Libbey Footed Beverage Glasses.
Libbey believes every occasion – big and small – is an opportunity to celebrate life. Libbey elevates those experiences and makes it possible to entertain without spending an arm and a leg.
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- Go in-store to Bed Bath & Beyond and purchase any glassware set from the Libbey Perfect Signature Collection.
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- it back, relax, and wait for your 30% discount to arrive!
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Serve Food That is Reasonably Priced and Easily Made
As much as I like to cook, when I first started entertaining, I did not make fancy meals. I could if I wanted to, but I found out that doing so would quickly deflate my entertainment budget. Choosing meals and drinks I could bump up the flavor on worked well with me.
I have been known to make bacon wrapped pineapple, Baked Parmesan Zuchinni Spears, Fried pickles, and serve a quick and easy punch that I amped up by adding a simple sugar mixture to it.
Serving it in a beautiful Libbey Perfect Signature Stemware glass makes it look all festive and beautiful.
Libbey is the top glassware manufacturer in the Americas and one of the largest tableware suppliers in the world.
That drink looks like I spent a lot, but really, all I did was buy a $2 just of cranberry juice and made a simple syrup to mix together and it tastes like a very high end festive punch.
Utilize Every Area in Your Home
Last year, we had an impromptu S'Mores Bonfire night at my house. It started out that it was only going to be 5 people, but by the evening time, we had 35 people in my home. Now, can you imagine how crowded it was?
We started using every room in the house. My son used his room for anyone who wanted to play poker. We set up the S'mores area on the back porch. We had board games going in the kitchen on the dining room table, and we had movie watching set up in the living room.
Honestly, it worked out great and we used our kitchen island to put the food and drinks that were brought. Coolers were brought in to house ice and drinks and it just worked out perfectly.
Entertaining is easy if you just use any and every avenue you have. Later on this week, I will have another post to share with you about what it takes to entertain in a small area. I have SO many tips that they won't all fit in one blog post.
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Do you have a small home? Do you shy away from entertaining?