Entertaining guests is something that Chris and I enjoy doing, whether it be a super casual barbecue or a slightly more formal tasting menu. In New York it's definitely more challenging to invite people over, given the small spaces we're all working with, but by cleverly utilizing every inch you have and planning your menu accordingly, it can be done! (Plus, sometimes it's nice not having to fight for a reservation at the best new place in town and having full control over the music.)
Over the years, we've managed to hone the way we like to entertain (and certainly there's no right or wrong way to go about it as long as it works for you), so I thought I would start a new series called "Relishing Thyme Entertains", in which I share some of our entertaining tips with you! Ok, first up: basic organization.
It can be stressful to open your home up to guests, and one thing you don't want to be when you're hosting is stressed out. The best way that Chris and I avoid stress (that includes stressing each other out!) is by planning ahead. We like to use an app called Wunderlist which let's us put ALL of our To Do's in a single list we share. Everything from "Make a Shopping List" to "Clean Living Room" to "Prep Corn" (you get the point) gets added onto this list. Even better, you can assign ownership over who is in charge of what task, so you never get in each other's way and avoid dealing with the "I thought you were going to do that?" scenario.
This past weekend we had Chris's parents over for a birthday dinner tasting for his dad. Chris came up with an amazing five course dinner menu, so I thought I would share photos from the evening, and if there's anything you'd like me to post a recipe of, just mention it in the comments!
Not Pictured: An amazing Strawberry Supreme birthday cake from Baked in Brooklyn. Lucky for us, there are plenty of leftovers ;)