How to Entertain
I have always enjoyed entertaining people in my home. Over the years I have discovered three requirements to make entertaining successful: creating a relaxing atmosphere, providing lots of good food, and having many amusing things to do.
As far as creating a relaxing atmosphere isconcerned, there are many ways to accomplish this. One way is by inviting guests that are compatible. Another way to provide a relaxing atmosphere is to make sure that guests havesomething in common. Pleasant conversation is always a must, and it leads to a most relaxing atmosphere. Depending on the particular occasion, it is also possible to add atmosphere with decorations such as hats and horns at a birthday party or ghosts and jack o'lanterns at a Halloween party. If I can create an atmosphere that is both friendly and relaxing, my entertaining is off to a good start. I find my favorite part of entertaining is preparing a bounty of good food. I love to cook and experiment with different types of foods for many different occasions. One of the easiest types of food preparation for a party is the buffet, a dining arrangement featuring a table laden with plenty of food, organized sothat the guests can walk around the table from both sides and fill their plates. I can set up a simple buffet with turkey and roast beef slices, salads, hot vegetables, and succulent desserts.Coffee and tea or soft drinksare the common beverages that are served with a buffet. If I decide to, I can also serve mixed drinks. I find it quite a challenge to try different styles of cooking for parties. It gives me the opportunity to create new and different dishes. One of my specialties is a Mexican meal of enchiladas, tacos, and refried beans, served with cold iced tea. Another of my specialties is an Italian meal of spaghetti, accompanied with piping hot garlic bread fresh from the oven. This meal can be highlighted by serving a chilled red wine. I’ve found that good food is...
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