Are you scared f hosting parties? Does the word entertaining scare the bejeebers out of you? Don’t fret. I’ve got you covered with these quick and easy entertaining tips and recipes. You’ll be an entertaining pro in no time! Well, maybe that’s a bit high in the expectation department. How about we shoot for a comfortable entertainer?
No, skip that altogether. You don’t need to be a pro entertainer. You simply need to be a pro friend. These tips, recipes, & ideas are simple and easy keeping the focus on relationships and not on the party itself. Exactly as it should be.
These sweet little Petit Fours are made with pre-made pound cake and candy coating. They are easy enough for a novice to make and beautiful enough to impress even the most picky of guests!
These drink umbrella’s are easily made with scrap paper and toothpicks. They would make a sweet touch to your party. Craft up a giant batch of these and save them for the big day. Then, when you make your guests their drinks pop a sweet umbrella into the glass and get ready for ooh’s and ahh’s!
Speaking of drinks…this wine spritzers is PERFECT for entertaining. Easy to make, delicious to drink and it looks gorgeous!! Your drink umbrella’s would look stunning in one of these!
These mini cheesecakes are put together quickly and easily. Adding marshmallows and chocolate sauce elevates the normal cheesecake to a s’more. These are made with pre-made ingredients and are great for a novice baker!
Maybe you don’t stock your kitchen with beautiful entertaining dishes (I surely don’t!). But, you plan on making some of the delicious treats you see here and want to display them properly. This mini cake dome is quick and easy using dishes you already have on hand! Make one for your fudge and one for your mini cheesecakes! Heck, make one for everything…they are so easy!
Fudge. It’s the granddaddy of all delicious treats. But, fudge can be a challenge. This popular recipe is made in the microwave and is a winner every time. Make up several batches weeks before your party and pull them out the day of. You’ll be a superhero and noone needs to know how easy it was!
Here’s a party idea for your next sporting event…a beer-tasting party. You can’t go wrong with tasting parties. Ever. We’ve done a pizza tasting party, a beer-tasting party, a corn-dog dipping party, and a hot-dog tasting party. All huge successes. And all very easy to do.
Sometimes it is great fun to give guests something special when they arrive. I like to make something for them to wear that is a bit silly and fun. It breaks the ice and sets the casual tone. These felt bows are easy to make with a strip of felt and clothespins. Kids adore them and adults grin when you hand them one.
This quick, easy, and healthy Watermelon Red Onion salad gets better as it sits in your fridge. It is light and refreshing, perfect for summer barbecues and dinner parties. Make it a day in advance and let it just get tastier and tastier while your finish your party prep. And, I don’t know about you…I’m always thankful for a healthy option when I go to parties!
Just like the Watermelon Red Onion salad, this Cauliflower Potato Salad tastes better the longer it has to sit in the fridge. Because it’s made with cauliflower instead of potatoes it is a unique and healthy version of the traditional potato salad. This salad is the one I make the most often in the summer, and the salad most often requested. It is a great recipe to have in your toolbox!
Instead of the traditional soda or alcohol why not try a water bar? A healthy option that allows your budget to stretch a bit further.
Why not do a party of crackers, chips, and dips? This post has over 20 recipes for dips, brushcetta’s, and guacamole’s. You are bound to find several options perfect for your party!
If you are serving warm drinks think about making up several of these chocolate stir-sticks. Easily made from purchased truffles and cake pop sticks, they are the perfect touch to your warm drinks!
This Lazy Baker’s Mini Pavlova is so quick & easy to put together it will free you up for mingling and talking with your guests. Make it with fresh fruit and ready-made meringue cups and you will have a stunning, delicious dessert in no time!
Easy to make paper fortune cookies are a fun touch to add to your party. These can be made up quickly with scrap paper and glue. Make many of these ahead of time and hand them to your guests after dinner.
Upside down-pineapple cake is an old-fashioned favorite. This version is made with only 3 ingredients and is a dream to make. Serve these warm with ice cream for a delicious old-fashioned treat.
One of the most popular posts here on NellieBellie is my recipe for homemade coffee syrups. These are easy to make and can be customized to your favorite flavors. They work great to flavor coffees, hot chocolates, lattes, and so much more. A batch of these would be a great touch if you are serving coffee at your party!
Along with the fruit wine spritzer, the Moscow Unicorn is an easy and crowd pleasing drink to keep in your toolbox. The ingredients are simple and easy to find. A great drink to serve for guests!
This tomato tart is one of the best appetizers to eat, make, and serve. It is easy to make and looks absolutely gorgeous! I adore this recipe and love finding an excuse to make it! sometimes a Sunday afternoon is excuse enough!
Homemade whipped butter in 10 minutes. No joke. For your next party serve these up with some artisan bread and crackers and get be prepared for bowled over guests. These butters are simple but oh so very delicious! They can be made well in advance and kept in the fridge until the day of the party!
And finally, if you are planning on sending trinkets home with your guests why not send them home in a homemade giftbag? These are easy to make and much less expensive then the store options. Make them while you are making your drink umbrella’s and get them to match. How cool is that!
I hope some of these entertaining tips will help you feel more confidant hosting your own party. Confident that your guests will be please, confident that you won’t exhaust yourself, and confidant that you can stay within your budget. Entertaining can be quick & easy…and fun!