Happy New Year everyone! The first and last party of the
year. And the football games, go team!
It’s always fun to have some people over, what happens when you don’t know you’re
hosting a party until the very last minute?
I like to have a well-stocked beverage refrigerator for
guests all the time, even a bag of ice in the freezer. I’ll pick a signature
cocktail with ingredients I have on hand or just offer sodas, beer or wine. Chili,
soup and stew recipes are easy to double with little effort and whatever you
have on hand in the freezer and produce drawer as well as feed a crowd.
For the last-minute party, relax and lower your standards a
little. It’ll still be a great time if everything’s not perfect and you don’t
need to have the whole house party ready.
Here are some other great last-minute entertaining tips to
keep in mind, and you should have as good of a time as everyone else.
1. Potluck / BYOB. No time to prepare a big feast? Call a
Spread the work around so you don’t have to slave in the kitchen or at
the grill while your guests are enjoying themselves. Pick a theme – Mexican,
Italian, whatever. Assign main dishes, sides and appetizers so you know
everything will be covered.
Or fire up the grill and have everyone bring their own
protein and a side, appetizer or dessert. Boom! Instant party! All you have to
do later is clean up.
If you don’t even have time to run to the grocery store,
tell everyone “BYOB” which in the old days was “Bring Your Own Booze” but now,
is perfectly acceptable to “Bring Your Own Beverages.”
2. Do a quick housecleaning pickup.
No need to break out all
the cleaning products, just quickly wipe down the sink and toilet, close the
shower door or curtain, restock the toilet paper and change all the towels. Make
the beds, close doors on messes and hide the laundry. Pick up the biggest of
the dust bunnies and you’re ready to relax.
3. Supplies running short? Order pizza or take-out, water
down soups and drinks, use more ice or ask for help with a beer run.
Take up a
collection if you need to. Chips, cheese, sweets, ice, soda and beer, and
sometimes even some decent wines are readily available at convenience and drug
stores, which are usually open on the most sacred holidays and late hours. I’ve
even seen emergency stashes of New Year’s champagne at the corner gas station!
4. Walgreens and other drugstores are open late if not 24
are usually pretty convenient and often have themed and solid color
party cups, plates, tablecloths and other supplies. Pick out the colors of your
favorite team or holiday, and your house is all decorated!
5. Plan ahead for next time.
Know what neighborhood stores
are open late. Keep a stock of paper plates, napkins, extra cups and silverware
for occasions such as these. Have a bag of ice handy if you have room in your
freezer, though this is usually pretty easy to buy even on a holiday. A few
extra beverages in the fridge or garage, or the leftovers people bring over
make a great variety for future parties. Pull out the ice and a cooler or
bucket to chill them quickly if they’re not refrigerated.
Soup stock freezes well, and expedites a warm main dish. A
can of chili or refried beans turns into a tasty and hearty dip or nachos pretty
fast (just add some water as needed and taco seasoning mix or salsa to taste),
and the fancy jams, crackers and candies left over from your last party or
gifts are fun to share.
Just remember to relax and have fun!
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