BLOG: Entertaining

| 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...
| Posted by Kelly for Sutter Home
Sometimes we’re anxious to entertain others well, but we don’t do things so nicely when we’re on our own. I recommend selecting lunchtime or evening to treat yourself. Put out a cloth napkin and the nicest china. Pour yourself a glass of wine. Light a candle or put a flower or some other decoration...
| Posted by Kelly for Sutter Home
Several years ago, when my culinary mishaps became more memorable than my successes, I finally had to admit that I'm good at a lot of things, but gourmet cooking isn't one of them. That's when I started collecting and making up recipes that were easy, but exceptionable. After all, it's the company...
| Posted by Kelly for Sutter Home
It’s taken years of stress over planning the perfect party to make me realize that the best things happen naturally. Everything always seems to work out fine no matter how much I’ve worried about it; the food never runs out, we always end up with more bottles of wine than we had in the first place...
| Posted by Heather for Sutter Home
We’ve spent this summer reveling in the sun, spending time with our closest friends and sipping on our favorite Sutter Home wine cocktails – all while singing along to this year’s summer anthems. Inspired by Billboard’s top songs of the summer list , we decided to share some of our favorite songs...
| Posted by Kelly for Sutter Home
If there’s one thing to learn from this month’s book club pick, it’s that nothing is more important than the close bonds between family and friends. Regina Calcaterra’s memoir, “Etched in Sand,” is an inspiring story that underlines the importance of family, relationships, and home.
| Posted by Heather for Sutter Home
Whether you’re throwing a summer soiree or just having your girlfriends over to watch your favorite reality show, we know a fun and fruity wine cocktail completes the guest list! And if our Pinterest board is any indication, you love sweet cocktails with Moscato and White Zinfandel . Take a look at...
| Posted by Heather for Sutter Home
We’re dubbing this season as Red [Hot] Moscato Summer and enjoying sweet wine, seasonal fruit, and lots of sunshine. With so much fresh produce available during the summer months, we love heading out to our nearest farmer’s market to pick up a few items to use in a dinner party menu. So, don your...