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I love hosting my family, extended family and friends, but I don’t like stressing over every detail. I feel like entertaining should be fun and some of the ways I make it fun is by incorporating high end looking disposable serving-ware, and I include frozen Edwards Desserts that taste like homemade. I also make it fun by encouraging guests to bring items, and letting guests serve themselves.
I used to dread having guests over, but now I love it. I was under the misconception that I had to “do it all”, but that’s so far from the truth. I don’t have to do everything I just have to do the right things.
Doing “the right things” ensures I have stress free get together and am able to enjoy quality time with my guests. When my friends and family are here I get to sit, talk and laugh with everyone. I get to enjoy and connect with them and I’m not stuck in the kitchen. It took some practice getting my hosting style down pat, but now I use the same formula and always have a great time hosting.
Germaine and I are having a a small group of couples over for an intimate gathering in a few weeks and I thought it would be the perfect time to jot down and share “5 Stress Free Summer Entertaining Hacks for the not so perfect hostess”
5 Stress Free Summer Entertaining Hacks for the not so perfect hostess
1 – Make a Plan
Every get together we have begins with a written plan. We write down the date of the event, who we plan to invite, what we’ll serve. Seeing the plan on paper gives up a place to move logistics around such as who’s bringing what.
2 – Incorporate Store Bought & Homemade Food
I am not a snob when it comes to using store bought food items. We have a ton of places around here that have catered the main dish for us and we also have some grocery store favorites we rely on when hosting.
One of my favorite dessert options are the Edwards Desserts. I love how pretty thy are right out of the box and can serve so many when I cut each serving size in half. My first pick for South Carolina summer get-togethers are the Edwards Cookies and Crème Pie and my second, the Edwards Hershey’s Chocolate Crème Pie.
The pies are so pretty right out of the box and always fit in perfectly with my tablescape. Edwards Cookies and Crème Pie is a combination of fluffy vanilla crème, and chocolate cookie chunks on a dark chocolate cookie crumb crust. It’s topped with whipped crème rosettes and cookie crumb garnish that makes it looks like something I made myself. It’s the perfect cold treat during these hot summers when we don’t want to mess of melting ice-cream.
3 – Use High End Disposable Flatware & Tableware
When I first started hosting get togethers I used whatever our personal kitchen dishes and flatware. That was until I got tired of all of the dishwashing I had to do after everyone had gone home. After that, I started using plastic flatware and plates that looked ones made of metal or stone.
Guest always compliment on the gold flatware and are shocked when I tell them it’s plastic. Little swaps like that make a big difference. Everything goes in the trash and cleanup is much more easier.
4 – Let Your Guest Help
This is another one of my favorite tips, but I use it sparingly when it comes to what’s on the menu for the event. I try not to ask guest to bring food because I have a pet peeve regarding people who show up late. I don’t mind so much that they show up late, unless I’m counting on them to bring something important from the menu.
For my get togethers I typically ask people to bring non-essentials and they are usually back up essentials like extra beverages, napkins, or and extra dessert.
I also don’t mind having people help with serving food and cleanup. People love to help so I make sure I leave room for that. I’m such a control freak as you can tell from how I let people help, but I do understand guest want to feel useful. This is probably where I struggle with the most with get togethers. I lean toward trying to do it all myself, but something as simple as asking someone to set up the dessert bar is a compromise. Slicing a whole Edwards pie into sharable samplings is something I can easily explain to my helper. The pie lid clearly shows where the pie should be cut making it easy to get the same size for each guest. The pie cuts easily when frozen and can sit out to slowly thaw while guests eat.
5 – Set Up a “Serve Yourself” Buffet
For food and dessert I usually lean toward a buffet style. I love graze tables, and food tastings where I plate things on small dishes that allows my guest to try a little bit of everything. This works with appetizers, the main course and dessert. A fun way to serve Edwards Desserts is to pick up 2 to 3 of your favorites and cut the serving sizes in half. Place each slice on mini cake/cupcake stands or a saucer plate. This way guest feel like they can try each flavor and you get more servings from on cream pie.
Where to buy Edwards Dessert Pies
Edwards Dessert Pies are on the same aisle as the ice cream, but make a better option for get-togethers. When I host, I want food that’s enticing to the eye and mouthwatering. These pies are that without the work. All of the ingredients are included and while they don’t need anything added I can always make them my own by adding gold sprinkles or a cake banner.
Edwards Desserts are available in whole, two-pack and single-serve portions, perfect for a variety of everyday occasions. Edwards Desserts can be found in the frozen dessert aisle of grocery stores nationwide.
To inspire you to plan a fun get together I’m giving away some Edwards Desserts. Between August 12 and August 28, 2019 you can enter for a chance to win one (1) of 16 free product coupons for an Edwards pie of your choice. Just follow the steps below.
**Winners will be randomly selected and notified by CLEVER on Fri., August 30, 2019