I was fortunate enough to be invited to a delightful get-together this afternoon! How wonderful it was to sit and chat informally with friends, while our children played in another room.
I think that afternoon hosting may be just the thing for those of you who are, perhaps, intimidated by a big evening event! May I offer a few ideas? I'd love to think that someone would consider a party, simply because it would seem so fun and inexpensive! No liquor bill!!
First, keep your guest list small. That is tricky for me, because I want to invite the whole world! However, for an afternoon lunch, it's better to have just a few close friends. Keeping in mind, however, that invariably someone will cancel at the last minute, which leads me to my next tip.
No fussy food - this is such a plus!! You can have sandwiches or bread puddings or frittatas. Such fun!!!! You could do a light dessert table or simply finger snacks! As for beverages, coffee, tea or soft drinks will fit the bill perfectly!
Don't plan for a long afternoon. These events tend to be no longer than 2-3 hours at the most. You will have your whole evening ahead to do whatever you wish!
Benefits of such events include: quick and easy cleanup, chance to actually visit with your guests and low cost of food and drinks.
So get out the plastic utensils and have a few friends over for omelets!!! And remember,