Original post from: Gold Coast Girl
If you live in Chicago, then hopefully you too have been enjoying the amazing warm weather we have been having. It makes me extra happy and excited for summer. With warmer temperatures, comes more get togethers with friends and when it comes to entertaining, the easier the better in my opinion.
Today I’m teaming up with Cameron Hughes Wine to share 5 summer entertaining tips as well as a few flatbread pizza recipes that are not only delicious, but super easy and perfect for parties. Cameron Hughes makes it easy to wine and dine your way into summer and raise a toast to everyone’s favorite season.
Entertaining doesn’t have to be stressful. There are simple ways to make it both fun and easy…
1. PREP EVERYTHING AHEAD OF TIME
Whenever I am hosting, I like to make recipes that you can put together ahead of time. That way I can focus more on my guests and less on the kitchen. For this event I went with flatbread pizzas that could be assembled ahead of time and took only 10 minutes to cook.
2. SERVE ONE TYPE OF COCKTAIL
If you are having a small gathering, it is best to serve one type of cocktail that you all can share. Wine is always a great choice and you can’t go wrong with Cameron Hughes. They’re all about what’s inside the bottle, and not interested in fancy labels. They have a simple website and high quality wine at affordable prices.
Cameron samples thousands of wine samples a year and only selects the best wines. He tastes the bad stuff so you don’t have to. They also offer free shipping when you purchase 3 bottles of wine with the code: INEEDWINE18.
3. CREATE FOOD TO SHARE
When creating the menu, I am all about recipes that are easy to make and sharable. For this party I was thinking mostly finger foods and decided upon flatbread pizzas. I made a few variations with different toppings so people could pick and choose which ones they wanted to try.
4. MAKE THE GUEST LIST SMALL
I always like to keep my parties intimate. I think the smaller the guest list, the easier to manage. Also it’s a lot better when it comes to the clean up because less dishes are always a plus!
5. LET GO OF THE PERFECTION
If everything doesn’t go according to plan, no worries. These are your friends and I’m sure they don’t care. Just relax and have fun!
Now take a peek at our party and find all the recipes below…