Has this ever happened to you? Recently I had agreed, like I usually do, to cram one thing too much into a day. It was a Friday – the week was long and stressful and, I had invited friends over. I had no idea how to pull off cocktails and a meal by 7p when I was working ‘til 6p, but I was just sure I could!
What came from my frantic attempts was my first try at InstaCart Grocery Delivery (hello hostess heaven!), and a trick that I love to use: the ‘Hey friends, welcome! Tonight, is interactive food prep night!’ I have to say it works every time and why not? I love making the party prep into THE PARTY.
Everyone loves to gather around the kitchen island so … I give them all a duty. Cut veggies, slice cheese, open olives, and nuts … 30 minutes in and many distracted kitchen hands later, we have my favorite party ‘meal’ of Wine, Charcuterie, and Beer Bread! Of course, I always have beer bread on hand – this night it was Italian Herb baked with a Stella.
We couldn’t have had more fun and our ‘dinner’ of bread paired with meats, cheeses, nuts, and olives, was just perfection!