Feb 28, 2011

Easy Entertaining: It's All About Presentation

Although the idea of entertaining at home stresses many gals, I personally love to entertain at home because home environment is just more comfortable than at a restaurant. We are able to spread out and relax over a long period of time in a familiar environment. Over the weekend, Savvy Sis had a few gal pals over and with some advance planning, we were able to throw everything together relatively stress free.
When it comes to entertaining, presentation will score many brownie points and it really takes almost no time to plate everything nicely. Also adding fresh flowers and candles will instantly glam-up any presentation, even mundane pizza and sandwiches. For this luncheon, flower arrangements are set on 2 ends with 3 candles divided out evenly along the serving area. I scattered leaves and flowers around each candle to create continuity from the first floral arrangement to the 2nd arrangement.
We served lunch buffet style, dividing serving area into drink, fruits, main course and dessert sections. Since baking is not our forte, store purchased pastries, desserts and sandwiches are healthier for our guests. Keeping health in mind, we served fresh fruits and veggies to balance out pizza. Yes, we had a pizza party.
Last but not least, being a savvy hostess means sending guests home happy with lovely desserts, and a full tummy. I always try to make sure every guest feels comfortable going back for seconds. This means I may have to eat leftover the next day but the idea that my guests may go home hungry is just terribly unsavvy. Recently I started a new policy, guests can either take food home in the stomach or in a topperware box. This way, I feel great that everyone has enough and I have less leftover the next day. How do you like to entertain: at home or outside at a restaurant?

A quick announcement:
The winner of CSN $55 gift card is Alicia of More than Words. Congrats my dear! Please contact me at savvymode@gmail.com. Have a great day all!

24 comments:

  1. Ooh lovely presentation indeed! I love to entertain but always getting stressed out. Catering is definitely the way to go next time!

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  2. I agree! It's all about presentation if you ask me for a lot of things in life :)

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  3. Beautiful presentation! I love to entertain, but always end up stressed about the details!


    Camila F.

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  4. Everything is so pretty! I like to entertain too, but I don't do it often enough.

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  5. I have to agree, presentation is super important! Love your glammed up pizza party :)

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  6. WOW you certainly know how to entertain! I'm extremely impressed. Invite me next time? ;)

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  7. Love that tiered plates

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  8. So pretty! I love entertaining so I pretty much registered for every platter and plate at Crate and Barrel when I got married!

    Those desserts look amazing!

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  9. That is very pretty! I especially like the dessert tower.

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  10. Savvy Sis and I believe we need to do our best if we are going to doing anything. This includes entertaining. : )

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  11. Oh I'm with you! I also enjoy being the hostess rather then going to someone else's home. Don't know what that says about me? ")

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  12. so girly, love it! :)

    i also enjoy entertaining. my friends and i all take turns hosting gatherings in our homes. it's a lot of fun and much needed.

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  13. wowsa! looks great. i want cake now...

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  14. What a nice spread! I don't host often but I would like to! And I think it's always great to send guests home with something - be it dessert or a little package of goodies :)

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  15. I love the desserts presentation, so pretty!

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  16. Wow, everything looks gorgeous!!!!! Those desserts look awesome!!!!!! YUM!!!!

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  17. you are correct! presentation is everything! and you've done a beautiful job!

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  18. I completely agree-I truly believe in doing everything with style! So presentation is key for sure. Great job

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  19. Those tiny pear tomatoes look delicious and I like that the guests can also take something home from the party. :)

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  20. Thank you, thank you!!!

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