8 Simple and Sane Entertaining Tips with Napa Cabbage Cole Slaw Salad

This Napa Cabbage Cole Slaw Salad recipe is delicious served with pulled pork sandwiches, or at any summer party, potluck, or picnic.

Napa Cabbage Cole Slaw

“Do what you’re good at and everything else will fall into place.” – Willnett Crockett

Sometimes I think we take entertaining a little too seriously, making it bigger than it ought to be.

I just want things simple. Do you ever feel that way?

Spontaneous and last-minute is always a good way to entertain, because you just can’t afford the “overthinking” of all the tiny details, and your main goal is to get a meal on the table.

I’m not a happy mama when I’m worrying and fretting over silly things—things that don’t even matter. Like, how many times did I run upstairs to scrub down the bathroom, when no one even goes upstairs? (sigh). Or clean the kitchen floor, when everyone stays outside the entire time and doesn’t even come into the house. You get it … the things we spend our energy on, when realistically, at least for summer entertaining, they don’t really matter.

Napa Cole Slaw Salad

I’m learning, as I know you are as well.

Here are a few ways to keep hospitality simple and sane, because it’s an important piece of life that we should all be savoring.

8 Simple and Sane Entertaining Tips.

1. Find a style that works for you. Stick with it and know that it’s okay to use the same dishes every time you have guests into your home, or the same tablecloth, and that potluck is ok. It may not be a sit-down party, but something more like a casual gathering, where you serve buffet style on your kitchen center island.

1. Stick within your comfort zone. Don’t invite more people than you are comfortable seating around your table.

3. Cook and serve a couple of recipes that you’re familiar with, and delegate the rest. Store-bought sometimes saves the day!

4. Realize that when you invite people to your home, they are coming to see you, meet your family, and learn more about your traditions in your home, around your table.

5. Don’t try to do it all. Include the family with chores, and in setting the table, and set a standard that is “good enough,” and not necessarily perfect.

6. Be intentional with your dinner guests. It’s awesome to invite people you want to introduce to one another, or who you want to get to know more.

7. Lean into your fears. Don’t worry about what others will think. Stop the silly chatter in your mind and turn on some fun music as you’re getting ready for your guests!

8. I learned a long time ago to stop doing the things that I never had time to do, like making homemade bread (love the thought, loved serving homemade bread, but always ran out of time), and instead take shortcuts, and stick with easy and simple.

Napa Cole Slaw Salad

Napa Cabbage Cole Slaw.

Like this recipe today. We served Pulled Pork Sandwiches the other evening with this simple slaw.

I tried something new this time, using Napa Cabbage with red cabbage. Delicious!

What tips have you learned to keep entertaining sane and simple?

Napa Cole Slaw Salad

Napa Cole Slaw Salad
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Napa Cabbage Cole Slaw Salad

Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp.  white vinegar
  • 1 tsp.  sugar
  • 1/2  tsp.celery salt
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 cups finely shredded Napa cabbage
  • 2 cups finely shredded purple cabbage
  • Red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Stir together mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar, sugar, and celery salt in a bowl.
  • Pour over cabbage and toss gently.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle red pepper flakes on top before serving.

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One comment on “8 Simple and Sane Entertaining Tips with Napa Cabbage Cole Slaw Salad”

  1. Great post. for me it’s about keeping it simple and low key, reminding myself not to compare with how others entertain. We typically do everything potluck and buffet style, unless it’s a special occasion, then I’ll do most of the cooking. But I don’t usually use centerpieces (everyone ends up moving them around) and it’s pretty basic. And I’m okay with that, yet can love and appreciate how others do it…and I guess in my mind and if I had the resources, I would do that more too.

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