BLOG: Entertaining

| Posted by Kelly for Sutter Home
Because my father, like me, is the oldest of seven children, the guest list of every event our family ever hosted consisted exclusively of people we shared DNA with. As a result, when I moved with my husband and two children to Memphis, I knew very little about entertaining, especially Southern...
| Posted by Kelly for Sutter Home
My mother taught me many things in the kitchen, including this important one: choose make-ahead dishes, so you can enjoy your own party without rushing around at the last minute. It’s hard to remain calm when much needs to be done in the final hour, and if the hostess ends up feeling frantic, she...
| Posted by Kelly for Sutter Home
Summer’s here at last, and there’s no better way to spend those long, sunny days and warm, balmy nights than with friends, food and fun. We’ve partnered with Better TV to put together a series of helpful videos that make entertaining easier than ever. Even if you’re a newbie, our videos give you...
| Posted by Kelly for Sutter Home
I am a person who throws parties, and when I throw a party I like people to feel at home. I usually prop the screen door open so people can just walk right in off the porch. I like to still be finishing up the cooking when people arrive, to recruit them into passing me salt and lemon wedges, and...
| Posted by Kelly for Sutter Home
A bottle of champagne and friendship is all that I require!
| Posted by Kelly for Sutter Home
Why Comfort Food? Why not? Food is not meant to merely fuel our furnace. And its intention should not be to deny or reward us according to the calendar or our cholesterol levels. Delicious food can be transforming, life-affirming, and restorative, indeed, a trip to a holy place that dwells within...
| Posted by Kelly for Sutter Home
Like my characters’ home, our house has open-door hospitality, and like Duncan and Gemma, I much prefer informal to formal entertaining. (In only one book has Gemma given a formal dinner party, and she nearly had a nervous breakdown… although it did turn out beautifully.) I keep a wine fridge...
| Posted by Kelly for Sutter Home
For me, when entertaining, it's all about the music. Whether it's a small intimate dinner party with some cool R&B or a backyard BBQ full of 80's one hit wonders, the soundtrack really helps set the mood. The only time this doesn't work is Super Bowl parties, when playing music could get me...
| Posted by Kelly for Sutter Home
" If I’m not relaxed and having a good time, my guests aren’t likely to have much fun, either. In order to keep my cool, I get most of my prep work out of the way early in the day—no last-minute sautéing or broiling for me. My idea of a perfect main course is one that can sit in the oven until...
| Posted by Kelly for Sutter Home
For many years my husband and I have marveled at friends who seemed to serve their guests effortlessly. Short of hiring a caterer, we’ve concluded the key is to be prepared. Here are three lessons we’ve learned-the hard way—through some embarrassing failures. Lesson #1: Never prepare a first-time...