Posts tagged entertaining
10 Unusual Tips for Sress-Free Holiday Cooking and Entertaining

As I mentioned last week, we've been hosting tons of holiday gatherings this year due to the fact that we finally have family living near us this year! I've shopped, planned, prepped, tested, decorated and cooked round the clock this holiday season, and even though I thought I knew all there was to know about saving time and energy when entertaining, every year I learn something new.

I've given you tons of entertaining advice in the past, and we've covered the basics including very helpful tips such as setting the table the night before, making your shopping list a week ahead of time in case you're in the neighborhood of some of your specialty stores. Planning out your menu so you don't need 6 stove burners when you only have four, and making sure you enlist some help. These are all part of having a stress-free holiday gathering, but today I thought I'd talk to you about some of the more unusual tips that might just make a world of difference. Sometimes it's those teeny tiny tasks that either make or break you, and if you need a seven hour nap after a seven hour cooking marathon, something's gotta give! It's time to change things up so that you can enjoy your holiday gatherings as a host just as much as your guests do.

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Vegan Barbecue Series: Refreshing Drinks and Sweet Treats

It's time for part 3 of our vegan barbecue series! In part 1 we talked all about vegan meatiness and marinades, part 2 was all about the basics of grilling perfect vegetables and making sides and salads to go with your meals, and today, for our last installment, it's time for some yummy drinks (boozy and PG 13 or less), and of course dessert.

Although I'm a firm believer that if you have a barbecue and are in the habit of using it, any meal of the week is an excuse to pop it open and do some grilling. However, today's ideas for vegan drinks and vegan desserts for barbecues are especially perfect for when you're entertaining. 

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Easy Peasy Vegan Entertaining, Tips for Feeding a Non-Vegan Crowd, Hosting Delicious Dinner Parties and more

When I was growing up my house was always full of the most interesting characters. My mom was an archaeologist and for a very long time worked in the science and art museums in town, which meant my house was filled with artists, scientists, writers, adventure seekers and sometimes a combination of all four. This meant two things, I was blessed to grow up in a house where I saw a lot of people living their lives in so many different ways. Some were married, others were not, some were gay, some were straight, some had high paying jobs, others had several low paying jobs, some were the corporate type and came in suits, others were hippies who loved living off the grid. Some had children, some had cats. 

It also meant that there was ALWAYS food being served at our house. Perhaps it's the reason why people were always hanging out there! My mom was known for inviting people over for full English teas (cucumber sandwiches, buttery scones and all), in the middle of the tropical heat and weather of Venezuela, might I add.

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