Entertaining As A Social Skill

There are many facets to a “good life” equation, and they change from person to person. My blog will concentrate on two of the most popular of these: humor and sociability.

While my site is primarily about entertaining, I think you the host needs to be entertaining also. In other words, you need to put your sense of humor on display. To set the tone for this, I’ve included a special section entitled The Facebook Chronicles. It contains humorous quips and quotes from my site you can slip into your cocktail or dinner-table banter.

Regarding sociability, I will cover the spectrum from simple gatherings to dinner parties. I will introduce you to great recipes with an interactive approach. Not only will I guide you in how to prepare the meal and host the event, but I will also tell you how you can make stress-free entertaining part of your lifestyle.

Hosting a dinner party doesn’t cost as much as you might think, and by entertaining at home, you can also serve a great bottle of wine for half of what it would cost in a restaurant. Bottom line – dinner parties equate to better food and better drink.

I’ve also written a message to the baby boomer generation. If you are in this group, many of you are now starting to retire. You don’t think of yourselves as being old, and you are probably still viable and vital. This is a good time for you to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill, and why not become proficient in entertaining?

Quote: “You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.” – Barbara Sher

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  • Linda

    I am looking for ideas to entertain those guests at a large holiday cocktail party who want to socialize in smaller groups at the big party…cards…pool, any other ideas, esp targeting men. Also any make ahead appeti,er or punch recipes

    29 November 2017 at 10:29 am
    • Bob

      If you are actually going to serve cocktails, and it’s a large gathering, I would choose a cocktail like a Manhattan and make up a pitcher. This way you can add about 3 ounces of the mix to a shaker and strain. You will be too busy to do something like an Old Fashion where each drink has to be prepared separately. I would have two or three choices, plus beer. As far as appetizers, I think you can go two ways: dry (pretzels, peanuts, etc. which requires little pre-party prep and little clean-up) or ask your guests to each bring an appetizer to share where you are supplying the featured appetizer such as warm brie or some type of dip in a crock pot. This involves a bit more clean-up at the end. These are just some of my ideas. Try to keep it simple enough so you have some time to enjoy your guests.

      2 December 2017 at 8:31 am

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