Sometimes you just don’t want to go out. It could be because of the cold weather, maybe it’s the rain that makes everything so unromantic, or it could be that you just simply don’t want to bother! But not going out doesn’t mean you have to be anti-social, invite your friends over, bust out the jokes, and entertain at home.
START BY – MAKING A DRINK IN LARGE AMOUNTS
It’s never a bad idea to welcome guests into your humble abode with a few drinks. It gives them something to do (or hold), setting a casual and relaxed tone for the night ahead. To kick the welcome drinks up a notch, we suggest giving your guests a few ways to customize their drinks, this is an easy way to prevent people from simply standing around. One drink that’s very simple to make and always seems to always be a party favorite is sangria. All you need is this:
- A bottle of dry red/white wine
- Diced fruit
- Soda Water
- Some sugar if you prefer
CREATE AMBIANCE BY – SELECTING APPROPRIATE MUSIC
We suggest rhythm and blues, jazz, or hip-hop, basically anything birthed from the Harlem Renaissance. You like Chris Brown? Harlem Renaissance. Miles Davis? Harlem is the Birth of Cool. LaLa Land made you cry? Ryan Gosling learned from the Harlem Renaissance. Remember, Bieber is only good when you’re drunk.
CONTINUE BY – PRESENTING FINGER FOODS
If your friends have no dietary restrictions, a charcuterie board is the perfect choice. It’s literally meat, more meat, a pickle, and more meat. You can even make inappropriate jokes out of it! Charcuterie boards are also great for sharing, great finger food, and are aesthetically pleasing.
If your friends are vegetarians, well, give them celery.
FOLLOW BY – SERVING YOUR SIGNATURE DISH
A man that can’t cook is a man without culture. Whether it’s a nice seafood pasta or a leg-of-lamb roast, having a signature dish is important because it reveals the type of person you are. Having a signature dish shows that you value the people around you, and that you’re willing to put in the time and effort to make them happy and content. Not only this, it also exhibits a sensitive side, that you can be thoughtful with ingredients, careful with the cooking, and that you have meaningful and practical hobbies.
FINISH BY – OFFERING DESSERT
Recall the fruit you diced for the sangria? Sprinkle whatever is left of that fruit over vanilla ice cream and in an instant you’ve turned something plain, into something a bit more special.
Having your friends over and cooking them a meal is a rewarding experience. It’s casual, fun, and really shows your friends that they mean something to you. Try it for yourself!