Let’s Party! **Easy Entertaining Tips** (Plus:Easy Chocolate Recipes!)

I love to entertain. There is something very satisfying to me when I open my home to others. True, there is some work involved. You have to plan a little and be prepared, but it does not have to be stressful. In fact, entertaining can be as easy as 1-2-3! Whether you are serving up coffee, a full meal, or some simple desserts, entertaining can be a pleasant experience! Here are some quick tips to make your next get-together a blast!

1. Stop thinking you have to be “fancy!” Yes, you can use your good china or your favorite table bling, but you don’t have to. Paper plates get the job done too. The fact of the matter is that your guests are not really interested in your tableware – they are interested in your company.

2. Take some time to plan. Think about the point of your party. Are you inviting people into your home for a small group Bible study? Serve simple snacks. Are you inviting a boss over {for brownie points}? Serve a full meal. Are you just hanging out with friends? How about some fun and foo-foo drinks?

3. Themes are good (and help with planning), but do not have to be elaborate. A theme can be as simple as “Taco Tuesday” or as involved as “Retro Night.” Again, think about your guests and what you want to accomplish. If you are entertaining to get to know someone, stick with a simple theme. If you entertaining a group of friends who regularly get together, try a flashback to a particular era night.

Let me show you these three steps in practice. Last week I had the pleasure of entertaining a group of girls for a Mary Kay pamper party. It was not fancy…but it was fun – which was the point. I wanted my friends to feel refreshed, be inspired (because my MK consultant is amazing), and enjoy fellowship with other women. And guess what? I served simple snacks on paper plates and a foo-foo drink in a plastic cup!

After enjoying a make-over, my friends got to enjoy some snacks. My theme – chocolate.

Chocolate Brownie Truffle:

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This is a super simple dessert for any occasion. Make a batch of brownies. Break up half in a bowl. Layer the brownies with a large box of chocolate pudding, an 8 ounce tub of Cool Whip, and some sprinkles of roasted peanuts and M&M’s. Repeat those layers one more time and chill before serving.

Oreo Chocolate Chip Brownie: This recipe calls for chocolate chip cookie dough, Oreo Cookies, and brownies.

Sing it with me… “These are a few of my favorite things!”

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Make your favorite chocolate chip cookie dough and spread it on the bottom of a large, well greased baking dish. On top of the cookie dough, place Oreo cookies (I used double stuffed…hey, if you’re gonna do it – do it right!). Whip up a package of brownie mix and pour that over the top. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for 10-15 minutes. Serve this up with some vanilla ice cream and oh. my. goodness….

I also added a Peppermint Angel Food Cake to my spread for those who may not appreciate the goodness chocolate has to offer.

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