Sunday, February 17, 2013

Party Time, Excellent

I love parties, both going to them and hosting them.  One of my favorite things about my apartment is that I have plenty of space to have people over.  So yesterday, my lovely friend Katie came and we did a Mary Kay party.  Now, I know that many people think that having a party is stressful, especially if you look at Pinterest and see all these theme parties.  But, it doesn't have to be that complicated.  It's pretty easy to throw a nice party for minimal money and effort.  Here are a few tips.

1) Make simple food, and use what you already have.  Everyone almost always has veggies and hummus in the house.  If you put the veggies nicely on a plate and the hummus in a dish, it looks super nice and fancy.  Have a few brownies left over?  Put those on a plate with some candy.  Your friends are not going to judge you because you didn't make everything from scratch that morning.  And if they do, then they're probably jerks and you should find new friends.

2) Surface clean.  Definitely do the dishes, wipe down the counters, and scrub the toilet.  Take all the crap that has accumulated on your sofa/chair/table and put it away.  Or not even totally away, just in the closet or the bedroom with the door shut.  Sweep and take out the trash/recycling.  It doesn't take that long and when it looks neat and tidy, it's harder to notice that you've actually never washed the windows and aren't entirely sure how to clean the baseboards.  Again, if you have the kind of friends who say something about this, do some re-evaluation.

3) Re-purpose leftovers.  Remember that lasagna that I made the other day?  I cut it up into small pieces and put them in muffin tins, reheated, and served "lasagna bites".

4) When your friends say "oh cool, I'd love to come, what can I bring" tell them!  They're asking because they want to help, so assign them something.  If they can't cook, then assign them beer.  If they can't stop by the liquor store on the way, re-evaluate.  Even though you're the host, you don't have to provide every bite of food and drop of drink there.

5) Make some simple things that look fancy.  This time, I went with deviled eggs.  And here is how you make them!

Basic Deviled Eggs:

6 Hard Boiled Eggs
Onion Powder

Cut the eggs in half and scoop out the the insides.  Put the yolks in a bowl.

Mix the yolks with the mayo, mustard, salt, pepper, and onion powder.  I used about 2-3 tablespoons of mayo, 2 teaspoons of mustard, and some sprinkles of the other stuff.  Yep, it was SUPER precise.

Re-fill the egg whites with the yolk mixture and sprinkle with paprika.  Serve.

Don't forget the wine!

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