Entertaining on a Shoestring

by on November 13, 2010

Chocolates galore!

More and more ladies and gentlemen are getting smart about how to promote their new business. Have a party at a friends home and have them tell all their friends to come. Nowadays you can have a purse party, a jewelry party or a cooking party depending on the type of business and some are even having multiple people featured at their home.

This is an idea who’s time has come. I am blessed to have a very dear friend who makes gourmet chocolate, like the kind that was feature in the movie with Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche, “Chocolate.” Needless to say, I decided to have a party featuring his incredible creations at my home last summer and what a party is was.

Yummy Truffles!

I decided to feature chocolate and coffee, two truly delightful flavors that blend well together. Oscar brought his chocolates and I got coffee from three different coffee houses. People got to meet Oscar and guess the maker of the various decaffeinated french roast and choose their favorite. Then they headed to the backyard to enjoy the conversation around the firepit.

Oscar sold some chocolate, made some new friends and devotees and I got the accolades for being a wonderful hostess. All I had to do was clean the house, make the coffee and get a few extra desserts for people who were not big chocolate fans (there were not many of those!).

If you know of someone who makes beautiful purses or lovely jewelry might I suggest a ‘High Tea’ at 4 PM with some of your favorite friends. Send out the invite 2-3 weeks a head of time. Then plan a simple menu. The nice thing about a high tea is that there is just not a lot of work involved. Clean up your cups and saucers. If you don’t have enough for all your friends borrow some from another friend and invite that person to come. Get a loaf of bread, cut off the crusts and make chicken salad or tuna or cucumber dill filling and then cut them in to little squares.

More chocolatey goodness!

Next you will want some berries with heavy cream and a nice selection of cookies or little petit fours. The thing is to think of is sweet and savory. Another option might be an assortment of nuts like cashews and pecans, candied or just salted. The good news is you can get most of these, ready made at your local grocery store.

And last, but certainly no least, hot water and a selection of teas, both regular and herbal. Voila, you have the perfect environment for convivial conversation and the perusal of some lovely purses or assorted other treasures.

So, next time you think of Tupperware or Mary Kay consider adding a few other items that might not be so well known and do it over tea.

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