Stress-Free Entertaining

Easy ways a busy, working woman can put together a cocktail party without being stressed. 

In order to keep it manageable, keep your party to 12-20 people, and setting up food areas ahead of time on the coffee table, kitchen island, or dining table. 

Serving foods that can sit out for long periods without being compromised is also a great idea. 

You don’t have to cook everything from scratch your self. We recommend purchasing interesting foods from favorite restaurants and serving them on your own dishes. 

You may be able to get mini pizzettes made instead of one large pizza, or have an assortment of sushi to sample with wasabi, pickled ginger, and soy sauce accompaniments. These are great finger foods that everyone loves.

More easy party food

  • French bread slices, brushed with a little olive oil, sprinkled with a bit of salt, and baked for a few minutes until toasted.  Serve with hummus, artichoke pate, olive tapenade, and bruschetta for topping. 
  • Create mini sandwiches with croissants, lean roast beef, horseradish cream, and cheddar cheese.
  • Lay out a Mediterranean theme with spanakopita, stuffed grape leaves, and mini pitas with lamb & yogurt dill sauce (aka gyros)

Tips for easy entertaining

  • Set up the bar away from the food, in a place you want people to gather and mingle.  Assign one glass per guest and use glass charms to keep them separate.
  • Have a friend bring dessert so you have one less thing to think about.
  • Keep lighting low, or on a dimmer, and set up a play list ahead of time for background music.
  • Make a check list including groceries/menu items to purchase, bar items needed, and last minute to-do actions.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these fabulous tips from such an esteemed guest.  I couldn’t agree more with all of Andrea’s advice.  Now there are no more excuses for not entertaining a few friends! 

photos via Elegant Affairs with Andrea Correale

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  1. Great tips! I remember her from Millionaire Matchmaker in NY! 🙂


  2. I'm normally and browser / lurker but these are tooo cute not to comment – just love the color and how easy to set up 🙂


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