Do Drop In!

entertaining

The challenge of being known as a consummate hostess, is that you occasionally have to deal with droppers-in. It can be a lovely surprise if so

meone is too excited to see you to fool with making an appointment, but you always hope it’s the day you just got your hair done!

It’s a good idea to have a few things on hand for last-minute entertaining. In the afternoons, most people are thrilled to sit on the porch over a glass of iced tea and a plate of cookies. We Southerners usually have tea at the ready, but the key is presentation. A beautiful glass pitcher, beading up on a hot day, with some fresh mint from the garden looks so beckoning and refreshing. The same goes for the evening if you choose to serve a tin of Dee Dee’s Gourmet Cheese Straws and a bottle of chilled wine; try using a decanter, a leisurely little touch that lets your guests know you’re pleased to take the time to spend with them.

You can also keep a few things in the refrigerator for just this sort of emergency:

  • Dee’s Dee’s gourmet cheese straws
  • salsas
  • dips
  • beans (make a quick dip)
  • olives
  • capers
  • crackers
  • cheeses
  • fruit and veggies for quick crudite
  • tortilla chips
  • nuts
  • popcorn (get creative… cayenne pepper and sea salt; grated romano and black pepper
  • wines and beers …