Make a Smoked Salmon Appetizer Platter for your next gathering, delicious for any brunch or holiday, with juicy pears, cheese, and salami.
Friends, Happy Good Friday! With the lovely ranunculus that I bought this week from Trader Joe’s, I move them from place to place, to be able to enjoy them in different sunlight. Do you ever do that? I love this time of year, with so many spring flowers.
I was thinking about hosting, and having people into our homes, about how stressful it can be. So today I’m sharing a few things that I’ve learned along the way.
I love a natural kind of entertaining, one that is comfortable and right.
Comfortable (making people feel warm and welcome), and my style (casual and cozy, and sometimes pretty). I’m usually organized, I know what I’m cooking, what others are bringing, and I try to have everything ready when the guests knock on the door, so I can enjoy them.
I want entertaining to be right. Right for me, my family, what works for us, and I’m not going to look around and compare my blessings with what other people have.
That is a true hospitality robber, as comparing wastes time, and just feels really yucky, friends. Don’t do it! Stop yourself! The minute we fall into this trap, it overshadows any natural God-given ability we may have. We have to be comfortable in our own skins!
When our hearts are right, we can open our homes and really enjoy what hospitality is all about.
I also think about over-committing. I say invite the number of people that don’t stress you out (let’s say 4, instead of 12!), and cook what comes naturally to you, like cookies, if that is all you can make. LOL
I actually love to make the main dish, and maybe an appetizer. Ask your guests to bring a salad and dessert! Meal is planned!
Lastly, don’t try to do it all. Include your family in getting ready, and set a standard that is “good enough,” but not necessarily perfect. I’ve caught myself many times wanting to fix something, wanting to make it “better,” but then I let it go. Because my kids were watching, I didn’t want them to think their effort wasn’t good enough.
Today I’m sharing a beautiful appetizer platter for a party, luncheon, dinner, or even Easter brunch!
If you’re like our family, and love salmon, add in the pears, cheese and salami.
Your favorite jelly and crackers.
Don’t forget the knife … and plenty of napkins!