To Do This Weekend: Entertain Alfresco Stress-Free

With the advent of spring, we are all moved to throw open our windows, put on our sandals, and get outside.  Entertaining friends at home is a great way to enjoy the season.

Public Service Announcement: entertaining can be as simple or complex as you want it to be.  Never to set your bar too high for yourself and create unnecessary stress – there is NOTHING worse than being a guest in a home where your host or hostess are stressed feeling overworked; or worse yet, bickering with one another.  Simple, carefree,  and happy is what will make your guests happy.  Oh, and wine, too.

Simple does not have to equate boring, however.  It’s all in the presentation, and the mood.  You are in charge of that.

Plan a spread of several appetizers, a few lighter and a few more robust.  Mediterranean-themed fare ALWAYS pleases the crowd, and it’s fresh, vibrant flavors are perfect for the season.  Here’s a couple of ideas.

 

 

Add some fresh flowers, a great Pandora station, and some hearty laughter.  Be sure to check your stress at the door.  Oh, and don’t forget the wine.
images/recipes via reciperunner, epicurious, pinterest

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