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:

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!”


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.


All I did here was add some peppermint pieces to the cake mix and then cut into bite sized pieces. Trust me, they taste way better than they look!

I served this refreshing tea alongside all of this palette pleasing food.


I mixed one cup of sweetened lemon tea with a 2-liter of Sprite. I could have easily stopped right there, but I added a sliced lemon, a sliced lime, and a sliced orange for more flavor-producing fabulousness.

And that’s it!

I invited. I reminded. They came. We pampered. We ate. We laughed. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

How will you open your home to others this week?

Keepin’ it Real…D

by: D (Deanna) of SpotLight316 Ministries

I am Deanna. All my friends call me D, so you can too! I am a wife, mom, and friend who wears many different hats. My primary role is that of wife and mom. I found the proverbial “beauty from ashes” in my own broken world and it is these very struggles that drive me to provide a space for others to fully express themselves and grow in the grace of God.

  • Shirley

    Yummy. I love chocolate.

  • So do I Shirley…a little too much!

  • Melissa Herrera-Spaulding

    This looks ABSOLUTELY delicious and so easy!!! A nice spin on brownies! Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Wendi

    oh my I want some chocolate now..thank you for posting this I am going to have to give these a try

  • Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith)

    thanks for the clues & for the recipes, I love chocolate

  • Leslie G.

    I may have to make a chocolate brownie truffle…. I think I even have all the ingredients. We had to buy m&ms for a class project tonight.

  • Great ideas! And those brownies are to die for!! TFS.

  • Donna B.

    YUM, delicious! Thanks for sharing these :)

  • susan

    Sounds and looks delicious!

  • Renski

    Oh, that looks good. I’m going to try it this weekend. Thanks

  • Marlena Curley

    Those Oreo Brownies look so good!

  • Cheryl V

    This looks so yummy. I think will have to make this soon.

  • Cynthia Deleon

    All great tips and deliciously planned! :d

  • Lynn

    Thanks for sharing! love those oreo brownies, oh, my!

  • Dianna Thomas

    OOOOh wow– this is awesome– I have to try it tomorrow–thank you

  • Sara Logan

    These look soooooo good!

  • These look amazing! I love drinking tea with my sweets too. :)
    Angela Michels

  • lisa brown

    All I can say is YUM! Got to have the Oreo Chocolate Chip Brownies! Thank you for sharing.

  • Sara Logan

    Some great ideas on here!