“Let me entertain you”
December 22, 2008
I am probably not the worlds best hostess. This is partially due to having a mother who was born to entertain (gives me the shakes) and partially due to living in a very cool, but very small apartment (only three people can sit at the table at a time). But, the new house will have plenty of entertaining space so I am trying to learn all I can about how to properly host a party. Here are five bits I picked up at a fabulous event this weekend.
1) Serve some sort of signature drink in a fancy glass. Do not tell anyone what is in it. Make sure there is a lot of alcohol and refill glasses when no one is looking.
2) Do not freak out when some of said signature dink ends up on your Persian rug. Laugh like this happens all the time and slyly sneak in under the coffee table to use your magic cleaning liquid when no one is looking.
3) Set up the food in lots of small rooms and intimate spaces. This encourages conversation and allows your guests to talk about each other while being at the same event. “Is she really wearing those shoes” or “apparently they have been living together for months” is a sign that the conversing is going really, really well.
4) Serve good food. Make sure that some of the food requires an explanation. Why is the caviar and creme fresh next to the pizza? It is a topping? Oh, of course.* A cheese tray with no less than 8 varieties of cheese is a good place to start.
5) Wait until everyone is half (or fully) in the bag and start telling stories about your neighbors. Throw in one about the guy across the street getting caught ‘pleasuring’ the next door neighbors husband. Make sure to mix up the pro-nouns a few times to keep people guessing. This will keep them talking about your party for years to come!
*side note, potato pizza with creme fresh and cavier is actually quite delicious. Ihave asked for the recipe and am happy to share it with anyone who is interested.