This guest post is from my friend, Lynn, who loves to cook and try new recipes. She lives in Oklahoma on 43 acres with her husband and three children. She blogs at Lynn's Kitchen Adventures, sharing recipes, tips, and ideas to help you blend a love of cooking with a busy life. She also blogs at Lynn's Recipe Adventures, where she writes about the challenges of food allergies.
I love to entertain and have people over. I enjoy the cooking, the socializing, and the spending time with family and friends, and yes I even enjoy the cleaning up.
The one thing I try to remember when entertaining is that people come to see you. They don’t care if your house is spotless or if the food is gourmet.
The more you try to impress people, the more stress you will have, and the less likely you will be to entertain.
My number one tip for entertaining is to keep it simple and don’t stress about it. It is easy to entertain without spending a lot of time or money.
My favorite way to keep things simple and inexpensive it to serve the meal buffet style.
I love serving Mexican food this way. You can easily set up a taco bar or make homemade burrito bowls using Chipotle Style Beans and Rice.
Chili and cornbread is another easy and inexpensive meal to serve a crowd. A big pot of chili and a large pan of cornbread can go a long way.
Sandwiches also are a simple buffet type meal to serve. I know sandwiches are pretty basic, but you can set up all the fixings on a few nice platters and have a great presentation.
I have a friend who serves breakfast to company. She often doesn’t serve it at breakfast time, but it works great and can be quite inexpensive to serve a large group. Breakfast food works any time of day.
If you want to make it even easier you can just serve dessert. I love to serve root beer floats or ice cream sundaes when I have a group of friends over.
Another easy dessert idea is to make several different kinds of cookies and make ice cream sandwiches. You can either make these ahead or keep them in the freezer until you are ready to serve them, or you can let everyone fix their own.
Keeping things simple keeps entertaining fun.
What are your tips for entertaining without spending a lot of time or money?