tips and ideas for last minute entertaining

by Kristina Sloggett

in cocktails, Happy Hour at Home

As long as my house is clean, I am almost always up for some impromptu entertaining. Last minute spontaneity is a fun challenge, and I always love to have people over to our house. We always have a bottle of wine we can open, and at the very least, some nuts, olives, dried fruit and other fun nibbles on hand.

Once I check the possibilities in my ‘snacks’ cabinet (what, you don’t have one of those?), I then head to my metro rack of dishes, platters and linens. One quick way to make an impromptu get together not look so last minute is to include linens and fancy plates and serving pieces.

Even if all you are sharing is small nibbles like nuts and olives or cheeses and crackers, stepping up the elegance by using fancier serve ware takes no more time at the last minute. Adding linens and fun wine glasses or cocktail tumblers complete the feel of “I’ve been planning this all day!”

rosemary apricot tahini bites


When hosting a last minute thing, another place to find goodies is the freezer – I always have truffles, snacky bites and chocolate peanut butter cups filled with interesting things…

wasabi peanut butter cups


and if you were looking in my freezer, you’d also find seven different varieties of homemade ice cream…

ginger maple miso ice cream


As I get settled into our new house, much of my design plans are with entertaining in mind. My kitchen renovation plans include a new refrigerator. Jason and I both enjoy our wine, and we love to entertain – the LG Blast Chiller option is something I am considering. Chilled wine in 8 minutes? A cold beer in five? In eight minutes I can have a full table of goodies set up – want to come over for an impromptu party?

The LG Blast Chiller, available in the 3-Door Super Capacity French-Door refrigerator (LFX31935), 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.

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


{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather (Where's the Beach) November 7, 2012 at 5:21 am

I swear you should be a party caterer….or at least have me over to one 😉


2 spabettie November 7, 2012 at 8:56 pm

oooh, that would be so fun!


3 jobo November 7, 2012 at 8:29 am

I really need to stop reading your posts when I am hungry and lunch is nearing 😉 just saying hehe. You SHOULD be a party planner! come plan one for me :-)


4 spabettie November 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm

nooooo – that’s exactly when you need to be reading! 😉 I would LOVE to plan a party for you!


5 Leah November 7, 2012 at 9:17 am

You are well prepared for guests. I think if I had my freezer stocked with goodies I would probably end up eating them!


6 spabettie November 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm

well, yes, I do that too 😉 but it is nice to have things ready, especially at the last minute or a couple sweets to bring to a friend…


7 Allie November 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

Love the “put it on a fancy plate” tip. A store canister of nuts? Not fancy. Those same nuts dumped in a fancy bowl? Gourmet.

P.S.–Did you get my e-mail response to the Pacific giveaway?? Just want to make sure it went through!


8 spabettie November 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm

I love my fancy plates :)

and YES – I received your giveaway list – it should be on it’s way soon! XXO


9 Heather @ Better With Veggies November 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

8 minutes?! I’m impressed. We use the ice bucket & water method for a quick chill today.


10 spabettie November 7, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I do that too. I used to use the quick chiller at the store, but most of our wine these days comes from wineries and our wine club shipments… I think I need this refrigerator! 😉


11 Adventures in Dressmaking November 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

Those few recipes you shared sound amazing… and great tips! Will have to try the pretty cocktail glass idea!


12 spabettie November 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm

fancy glasses always make things more fun :)


13 Ann November 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm

What great tips. 8 minutes for wine, sign me up!


14 spabettie November 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm

right?? I need this! 😉


15 Jenni November 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Awesome! Great tips. I’m always doing last minute entertaining. I too have a rack of linens, nice plates/platters, and lots of glassware. I think that they just bring such a step up to even the simplest of get-togethers.

I need to start stocking my freezer with nibbles. (I always eat them.) 😉


16 spabettie November 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm

thanks Jenni! and yes – the freezer full of treats has come in handy MANY times… :)


17 Macey November 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Sigh, if only I had the space to entertain. I may have to try a small get together though this season!


18 spabettie November 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I know what you mean – our first place was an 800 square foot apartment in the city! We just bought this house this year, and I am SO excited to be able to entertain more – the holidays are going to be fun here!


19 Kayla November 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm

mmm! Wine, dried fruit and olives sounds yummy right now!


20 Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets November 8, 2012 at 8:11 am

I’m on my way. 😉 I love using nice serving ware and dishes. It steps everything up a notch.


21 spabettie November 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm

it’s just more fun, right? I have singles and doubles of plates and serving pieces that I use for food photography, but we also use them to eat from – it is really nice :)


22 mjskit November 8, 2012 at 9:41 am

What a great collection of treats! I’m headed over right now to check out those tahini bites. A beautiful website you have here!!! Thanks for adding me in G+.


23 spabettie November 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm

thank you so much, you just made my day! :)


24 Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom November 10, 2012 at 8:02 am

Wasabi peanut butter cups?!! What? LOVE it!


25 spabettie November 11, 2012 at 10:56 am

PLEASE try them. they are so very good!


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