Well, Gently Readers, hopefully you’re recovering nicely at this point, from whatever this season of eating has dished out to you. The Practical Cook has taken the opportunity to use her time off to re-establish the quaint notion of an “At-Home.” Cheers to the Gentle Reader who reminded her to leave the silver tray out for calling cards. Plain English? Bake something, stay home, tell people.
Yes, sometimes entertaining is just that easy. My co-hostesses, The Practical Cooks Junior, helped clean the house in the morning, bake in the afternoon, and entertain later in the day. Benefits: the house is clean, you get to eat something delicious, and the kids entertain each other.
The smart phone is the new calling card, you can Punt! and send out the invite at the last possible minute, and still have things work out. Obviously, Christmas cookies were already on the docket here, but I would happily test a new recipe for such an occasion (I’ve got a couple of cookbooks calling my name right now), and in a pinch, artfully arranging whatever you have on hand will certainly suffice. We started with cookies, and marched right through cut-up fruit, cheese and crackers, and frozen pizza.
The point, don’t let logistics interfere with entertaining. Inviting people into your home breathes new life into it. I’ll be talking more about my resolutions in an upcoming post, but this will certainly be one of them.
Are you a fan of the impromptu gathering? Share your ideas and tips by posting a comment. I know you’re out there.
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Tomorrow, make your brunch life easy: Tater Tot Casserole Recipe.