This blog began in 2010 as part of the publisher’s promotional materials for my travel book, The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men. The book rose to #1 on Amazon’s Best-Sellers List within two weeks of publication, and is still selling. The blog has been expanded to cover my other pursuits.

Throwing a Party on Short Notice

May, 13, 2015

Short notice seems to be my specialty:) Maybe that’s because when it comes to having fun, the word, “no” isn’t in my vocabulary. I recently put together a girls’ night in a flash. Here’s how you can do it too:

Make a List. Having a list of the items you need before going to the store may sound simple, but it’s very important. You won’t forget anything and have to take up time with a return trip. I like to do mine with old-fashioned pen and paper. Maybe that’s because I get a thrill out of crossing each item off my list… But it never stops me from wandering into the flower section even if I didn’t include that.

Throwing a Party A

It also doesn’t stop me from getting lost in the flowers, which leaves me with even less time to get everything together—but it’s worth it.

Throwing a Party B Throwing a Party C

Lay it Out. When I get home, I lay out all the food items and think about how to arrange them.

Throwing a Party D

Get a Trusty Tray. Using a tray to hold your appetizers is a definite help. It keeps you organized and saves time.

Throwing a Party E

I placed my serving tray on the center island in my kitchen. My home is arranged so that the kitchen opens up to a gathering area, making it ideal for people to grab a snack and mingle.

Throwing a Party F

Spice it up. I asked the cheese expert at the market for help with my appetizers. “Never pair likes with likes,” she told me. “If you have a more bland cracker, always put it with a cheese that has a bite. And vice versa.” Of course, I followed her advice. I chose handmade specialty cheeses and put signs on them to let my guests know what each one was.

Throwing a Party G

Keep it all Close. On a nearby counter, I laid out goblets, plates and napkins…

Throwing a Party H

Then I arranged them, adding drinks.

Throwing a Party I

Throwing a Party J

Have Great Guests. Now all I needed to make this girls’ night amazing was the girls!

Throwing a Party K



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