Invite friends to celebrate life. You don’t have to limit your entertaining to holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or the changing seasons. Invite friends to celebrate Tuesdays or the Month of April. Choose a theme for your party, decide how many people to invite and design a menu that inspires and delights
Your work team finished a project that took months to plan, create and execute. Celebrate with an evening of wine, deliciously decadent foods and no reminders of work (past, present or future).
Shrimp Scampi with Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes and Herbs, found at Serious Eats, greets diners with bold flavors brought out by using vermouth instead of the tradition wine. Parsley also gets put to the side and fresh herbs give the dish a mouth-watering aroma.
Pair your Shrimp Scampi with the 2008 Quinta de Gomariz Espadeiro. The strawberry undertone and clean flavor work well with buttery dishes. You can also serve both with a Caesar Salad. Go back in time for a cooking experience that takes you far from the stresses of work and into the kitchen with Julia Child, Jacques Pepin and David Nussbaum.
Pair your Shrimp Scampi with the Julia’s Caesar Salad, as reprinted at Epicurious, walks you through choosing the perfect romaine hearts to making homemade garlic croutons. Make a homemade dressing and serve guests beautifully presented whole romaine leaves glazed with egg, olive oil and cheese.
Tuesday was great
The most underrated day of the week, Tuesday, deserves recognition. Celebrate the day that follows Monday, the worst day of the week, and precedes Wednesday, hump-day, that marks the middle of the workweek.
Invite friends over and have them bring a list of the most underrated movies, basketball player, books, song or anything else. You will have a blast as guests agree or disagree on the other’s list. Prepare finger foods because no one will want to stop debating long enough to eat a meal.
Whether you cook like a master chef or hardly ever enter the kitchen, you can make Mushroom Puffs. Use frozen puff pastry sheets, found in grocery stores, and buy canned, chopped mushrooms to save time. You can make these ahead of time and freeze them until the party. Fill your biggest pitcher or punch bowl with Cosmopolitan’s Cherry Bomb Punch so you can serve drinks without leaving the fun. Use fresh limes, kiwi and cherries for flavors that pop all evening.
Entertain any time for any occasion to keep life fun and interesting.