tips and ideas for last minute entertaining

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.



  1. says

    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 :-)

    • spabettie says

      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…

  2. says

    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!

    • spabettie says

      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! 😉

  3. says

    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.) 😉

    • spabettie says

      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!

    • spabettie says

      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 :)

  4. says

    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+.

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