Quick Tips For Entertaining Unexpected Guests

Part of being a Fashionable Housewife is of course being stylish at all times, keeping a lovely, clean home and being able to be the hostess with the mostess even when on short notice!

Today I have a few quick tip to help you entertain those unexpected guests without much or any notice. Friends and family are always stopping by during the holidays for casual visits, sometimes even unexpectedly! Stocking up on simple basics and having easy food items prepared in advance makes it easy for you to entertain anyone, even on short notice.

    1. Always have a bottle of wine on hand. I like to keep White Zinfandel handy in my wine cabinet because it’s light, fruity and most people like it. Another great one is Riesling. Either of those are sure to please and go well with quick meals or appetizers.
    2. Always have a box of cookie mix on hand. Even if you like to make things from scratch, you don’t always have time. Find a brand you love and keep at least one box in your pantry so you can whip up fresh baked cookies (or even brownies) at the snap of a finger!
    3. Have a drawer or file handy with all your local takeout and delivery menus in case you don’t feel like cooking for those surprise visitors!
    4. Keep your freezer stocked with easy to bake appetizers like crab rangoons, jalapeno poppers, mini pizzas or tartlets. Try to find items that take 30 minutes or less to bake so you won’t keep your guests waiting!
    5. Keep a block of cheese in your fridge and a box of crackers in your pantry. Easiest, yet most non-obvious treat to serve to your guests.

Here is a quick and easy recipe I usually whip up for my surprise intruders…

JALAPENO CREAM CHEESE PINWHEELS

1 pkg. flour tortillas
16 oz. whipped cream cheese (or two (2) 8oz packages of soft cream cheese)
1/2 cup Chopped jalapeno (or chili) peppers
1/2 cup Chopped or sliced green olives with pimentos
1/4 cup chopped onion or celery
1/4 cup chopped or sliced black olives

(If you use two (2) 8oz packages of cream cheese, you can microwave them for 10-20 seconds to soften them, then put them in your mixer with 1/4 cup of ranch dressing and beat till smooth.)

Gently mix cream cheese with all ingredients until smooth. Spread mixture on flour tortillas. Roll up and slice about 1/2 inch wide pieces. (The pinwheels look best, if the cheese mixture is spread about 1/8 inch thick before rolling and slicing.)

Arrange on a platter and serve!


Another great thing to have would be the new LG Blast Chiller, available in the 3-Door Super Capacity French-Door refrigerator (LFX31935), that can chill a room temperature, 12oz beverage in five minutes or a bottle of wine in just eight minutes. By comparison, a typical refrigerator takes about 40 minutes to accomplish this task – even in the freezer. This refrigerator is also among the largest capacity 36-inch refrigerators currently on the market, offering almost 20 percent more space and the ability to store over 50 gallons of milk.

It’s perfect for any impromptu moment when you need a quick refreshment to help you have a “blast” or just “chill” out. There are MANY times when I wish I could cool a beverage down quickly instead of diluting it with a bunch of ice. I love my new refrigerator, but I’m kinda wishing it had the Blast and Chill feature that the new LG fridge has.

Just think of the convenience and instant gratification of the blast chiller because the chiller is on-demand, whenever you need it. Hot summer day, you run out of cold beverages in the fridge so you run to the pantry and find a bottle of soda. With the new LG Blast Chiller fridge, you could cool it off in 5-10 minutes and it would be ready to serve!

In my refrigerator, even if I put something in the freezer to cool it down, it takes well over half an hour… No one wants to wait that long when they are ready to pop open a bottle of wine. I know I don’t!

Please visit the LG USA Facebook page or website to view entertaining blast or chill content and share your own blast or chill moments!

That fridge is niiiiice!!!

Compensation was provided by LG via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of LG.

Fashionable Labor Day Party Ideas

Labor Day is your last big chance to have a party before the nights get cold and the leaves start to change. Live it up this Labor Day with a big BBQ in your backyard!

Get a nice screen house to protect you and your guests from the bugs, fire up the grill and turn up the tunes! I’ve always loved Labor Day and getting to party it up one last time.

Dress comfortably but still fashionable in a pair of your favorite jeans, a soft graphic tee tucked in with a leather belt and some cute sandals. You’ll look great, but will still be ready to run around and be a great host to your guests!


Wondering what to serve at your Labor Day BBQ? We suggest some delicious Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiris!

Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri is the perfect addition to any summer get-together — fun, delicious, and ready to serve!! Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri is made with Bacardi Superior Rum, tangy lime and sugar. It is a perfectly balanced cocktail that is not too sour and not too sweet. http://bacardidaiquiri.glam.com

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* Don’t be stupid lovelies – Drink responsibly!

 



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The History of the Classic Daiquiri

Ever wonder who invented some of the things you enjoy most? If you’re like me, once in a while you just sit back and marvel, wondering “Gosh, who invented this?!”

Urban legend has it that Jennings Cox, a mining engineer that did some work in the little Cuban beach town of Daiquiri, invented the drink back in the early 1900′s when he ran out of gin while entertaining American guests. It is more likely that the drink evolved naturally due to the prevalence of lime and sugar in the area though. Either way, we know that it was created in the town of Daiquiri, hence the name!

Originally, the delicious drink was served up on cracked ice packed tightly into a tall glass. You would then add a teaspoon of sugar and carefully pour it over the ice. Add the juice of one or two limes plus 2 or 3 ounces of rum. Finish by stirring with a long-handled spoon and serve. Later the Daiquiri evolved to be served with shaved ice and shaken, not stirred.

I’ve read that the Daiquiri first became popular back in the 1940′s when rationing during the war made vodka, whiskey, etc, seemingly hard to find. Because of Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy”, also known as ‘The Pan-American program’, made Latin America seem more fashionable, which helped allow us to trade and travel more easily with places like Cuba and the Caribbean. When rum became more easily obtained, rum-based drinks (once thought of as a drink for sailors and the like) also became somewhat fashionable, and we then saw the Daiquiri soar in popularity here in the USA.


This summer, rediscover the daiquiri!

Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri is the perfect addition to any summer get-together — fun, delicious, and ready to pour. Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri is made with Bacardi Superior Rum, tangy lime and sugar. It is a perfectly balanced cocktail that is not too sour and not too sweet. http://bacardidaiquiri.glam.com

This Post Is Sponsored by Bacardi Classic Hand Shake Daiquiri via Glam Media

* Don’t be stupid lovelies – Drink responsibly!

 



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Decorating Tips from $100 Makeover’s Leslie Segrete- Part 1

If you enjoyed designer Leslie Segrete on Trading Spaces and While You Were Out, you definitely want to catch her latest show: A & E’s $100 Makeover

Like other favorites of the home makeover show genre, Leslie’s new project transforms cluttered, uninspired rooms into more liveable spaces– all with limited time and money (specifically $100 per room).  What makes this show fresh and interesting is the way Leslie maximizes her budget by utilizing the objects she finds in participants’ homes.  That can of paint you bought two years ago for the decorating project you never got around to?  She’ll use it on your weatherbeaten patio furniture– turning it into something fun again.  Those tablecloths your mother insisted you take even though they don’t come close to fitting your table?  No problem; Leslie’s a master at whipping up throw pillows and window treatments from unwanted linens. 

Since we all have stuff lying around that could be put to better use and all love getting great home items for less, I think there’s a lot to learn and admire from the $100 Makeover‘s budget-friendly approach.  Recently, I got the chance to catch up with Leslie, and she graciously passed on some tips for TFH readers.

With grilling and gardens on my mind, my first question was obvious.  Since it’s summer entertaining season, what are some simple, inexpensive ways to liven up your patio for outdoor parties?

Leslie suggested “setting the stage” for the party with vibrant, colored tablewear.  She’s impressed with the acrylic dishes from the Ty Pennington collection at Sears

Ty Pennington floral drinkware collection at Sears.com

With a luscious selection of bright colors, cool patterns, and ombre styles available, just a bit can truly take your party from thrown-together barbecue to festive fete.  Since many of these pieces are currently on sale for as little as $0.99, they’ll hardly put a dent in your cocktail budget.  And if you’re looking to minimize expense even more, Leslie suggests adding just a few pieces to bring in that cheerful flavor.  Even a few glasses to hold your flatware will give your outdoor event a special touch.

If you’re open to making a larger investment (the kind you’ll enjoy long past your next party), Leslie recommends shopping the Jaclyn Smith outdoor collection at Kmart.  For a few hundred dollars, you may find some quality outdoor furniture that boosts your al fresco elegance many times over. 

I’ve also had some luck finding colorful, vintage tablecloths on Ebay.  They add a fun, retro touch, and since they aren’t family heirlooms, I don’t mind when someone spills salsa on them.  Every stain is a story, right? 

Stay tuned for more decorating and entertaining ideas from Leslie, and be sure to watch her on $100 Makeover on A&E, Saturdays at 10 AM Eastern/ Pacific! 

Lucie Amberg is also a contributor to Powder Room Graffiti.