Guess who’s staying for dinner?

This may happen more that you know, that is the unexpected guest.  What about the friend who calls when he’s in the neighborhood, the neighbor who rings the door bell, the work buddy who stops by at dinner time? We like to have an open door policy.

  • Can I get you something? Create a tray of your own: cups and saucers, sugar cubes, some good tea and packaged cookies. Just add boiling water and voila!
  • How about a drink?Use the same principle to create a bar station for guests who prefer something stronger. A minimal bar might include vodka, a bottle of red and a bottle of white wine; keep sparkling water, citrus fruit, and a juice or two in the fridge. If you entertain frequently, consider creating a signature cocktail to offer your guests. Keep nuts and other nibbles (some gluten free) in your pantry or freezer that can be pulled out at a moment’s notice.
  • So, do you want to stay for dinner?A quick dinner can be as simple as pasta with bottled marinara sauce (both of which can find space in your cupboard) and some grated parmesan (keep a container in your freezer). Stretch an already cooked dinner by serving it over pasta or by serving smaller portions. Head to the Kitchen’s cupboard challenges to get some ideas on how to manage a meal from a near-empty pantry.
  • Sure, you can crash.If you have a guest room, make sure the guest bed is always made up and that there’s a clean towel. Purchase towels for your guests in a different colour to differentiate it from your own everyday towels and keep them in the guest room.
  • My house is a mess. A cleaning routine can make inviting guests in a possibility rather than a pipe dream.

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