I think entertaining is fun. Some people, ahhh not-so much. Today I start a new series of posts with entertaining hints, little ideas to make it easier…
One year I spent a holiday weekend with friends in a couple of rented beach houses in St Simons. Our house invited the other house for cocktails and appetizers, before we headed out for dinner. The kitchen was sparsely supplied, so I searched through the house and found baskets, beach themed plates and even a huge ‘crab’ ash tray. We wash them all thoroughly, especially the ash tray(!), and used them as serving pieces. Our friends were impressed that we’d pulled off such a nice presentation. This opened my eyes to looking at items in a new perspective – for example , every one of the table lamps in my home, started out as something else.
One of my favorite re-purposing ideas for entertaining is to use planters as serving pieces – particularly baskets with liners. I love using napkins to line baskets, but hate when the extra fabric flops out all over the place (hopefully, not into the accompanying dip). A few years ago I decided to use a basket I’d received as a plant gift. Just as I was about to throw out the plastic liner, I realized if I covered the plastic insert with the napkin and then put the liner into the basket, I get the look of the napkins without extra fabric flopping around. All the extra fabric goes under the liner – nice and neat. The two photos above show 2 planters I use ALL the time. The basket on the right even has a little indention that fits a ramekin exactly – perfect for veggie and dip. Have a favorite basket? Try taking it to your local garden store and find a liner that fits. For larger baskets, you can use a remnant of fun fabric or kitchen towel, instead of a napkin. Imagine a cowboy print fabric in a basket with chips or buns.
btw – I always buy 8 napkins at a time. I generally have 6 people for a dinner party, my table handles 7 in a pinch. That gives me 1-2 napkins to use for serving – to coordinate with the rest of the table decorations.