One of my favorite spring and summer activities is to invite a bunch of friends over for grilling, beverages, and lawn games. This hasn’t been possible until last year due to the lack of a lawn and private patio (details…), so I’m still learning the best way to entertain with ease, but I’ve learned a few key lessons so far.
One: have enough chairs for everyone, or request that people bring their own chairs. At our first backyard get-together we only had two normal sized patio chairs and two camping chairs. For ten people. Luckily we were able to bring out some dining room chairs and some people seemed happy to plop down on the ground, but it wasn’t ideal.
Two: get help from some of your guests. Whether it’s having everyone bring a dish to share or asking for a hand to bring the cooler outside, just ask! People are more than happy to help.
Three: keep it simple! I’ve made the mistake of making things way more complicated than they need to be and it was just too much and really not worth it. Now I like to keep it as simple and casual as I can because I’ve learned that if the host (me!) is busy entertaining, they don’t actually get to enjoy the guests. That, my friends, is an entertaining fail.
Along the lines of keeping it simple, I like to keep the snacks and appetizers to a minimum. One of the easiest things to serve is chips and salsa and tends to be my go-to appetizer. Who doesn’t like chips and salsa? No one.
The thing with chips and salsa, however, is it can get a little boring. So today we’re making salsa three different ways!
Head on over to Tablespoon to check out my recipes for Mango Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, and Corn and Black Bean Salsa!