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Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Simplifying Hospitality

I've written in the past about how to make hospitality simple and attainable. After a couple weeks of unpacking, we have been able to get back into sharing meals and fellowship in our home. It's a blessing to be surrounded by laughter and friends! (Plus, the perks of a clean house and leftovers the next day!)

Here are a few more ways I manage to make time for dinner guests (without skipping school or other daily tasks*...):

Plan, plan, plan!

Several days in advance:

  • Make a menu (be sure to ask about allergies or food preferences!). Plan a simple meal or an elaborate feast -- it's up to you! I try to determine what I can prepare that is nice and tasty but not too stressful. We've gotten in "over our heads" a few times when it comes to menu planning, but that's part of the fun, right? :)
  • Make sure you will have all the ingredients for your menu when it's time to start cooking
  • Start clearing clutter and do some general organizing if your home needs it

The day before:

  • Start cooking, if possible (I love to plan a nice casserole or dish that can be made many hours in advance and baked at the last minute! If you're making something like pizza, you can shred the cheese, chop veggies, etc. the day before.)
  • Do any cleaning that won't get undone by the next day (ha, ha!)

The day of:

  • Make a list (I like to write the menu on my to-do list so I don't forget to serve everything I planned! Yes, I've pulled dessert out of the fridge and realised that the lovely salad was still in there too!)
  • Finish the cleaning
  • Finish the cooking
  • Have fun! :)

*Now, let's see if I can serve meals to guests on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week... without neglecting this blog!

To participate in Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Post a kitchen tip in your blog, with a link to this post. Then come here and add your name, tip subject, and URL to this post! Links must be family friendly, as always. If you don't have a blog but would still like to share a tip, just leave a comment here with your tip! Everyone's ideas are appreciated. :) Note: Please link to your individual post, not your blog's main/front page! Ask me if you have questions; links that don't go to an individual post will be deleted. Please, no giveaways since they "expire" and this is for timeless kitchen secrets! ;) Thanks for participating! :)

Comments

Great Ideas

Great prep ideas! Hopefully you can get everyone fed with minimal headaches this week. Good luck!

Great tips

I tend to stress over company, and other things (like school) get put on the back burner. Thanks for the tips!
Toni
http://thehappyhousewife.com

Looks Yummy

Oh that salad looks so delicious! Drizzle some honey mustard on that baby and I can really enjoy it! Eggs on a salad really make it fulfilling.
Blessings, DeDe

I just wrote about entertaining at home, too!

I just wrote a post about entertaining at home, too. Not necessarily just related to the kitchen but enteraining almost always involves some kind of food! Great tips, btw.

Salad

Hi Tammy,

Your salad looks absolutely mouthwatering!

Trixie
http://farmhomelife.blogspot.com/

When Guests Have Dietary Concerns

Do you have any suggestions for how to handle guests with food restrictions, specifically what to do when a vegan comes over?

ok

I wish I could take your plate thru my monitor!! oh my does your plate look delish!!

Thanks for the prep Ideas!

I look foward to seeing what you served for company.And 3 days in a row.That's a lot of work!Your amazing!Can't wait to hear about it.

The American Homemaker's picture

I use these ideas too!

I love to entertain, but with my busy schedule I have to be totally organized :)

The American Homemaker

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