Kate Whittle-Utter is home from college for the summer and had contacted me about wanting to help me out on Wallflour. Though she claims to want to learn more and everything about food and entertaining, from the sounds of things in her brunch article and menu she planned, she already knows plenty! I was very impressed that she even cooked for 20 people (with the help of some enthusiastic friends) which is no small task and had fresh waffles and scones made from scratch. Turns out we have a lot in common- she’s a natural planner and spearheads social activities among her friends, oh and she’s a perfectionist.
These days, I tend to only serve a meal for 8-10 people, but she gives some great tips on how to make it doable for larger crowds. The overflowing crowd brings to mind my attempts of entertaining in my 20’s. One major problem I still have in my 30’s is keeping the guest list and invitees manageable both for financial and spatial reasons. If there is one thing I have learned from a career in the commercial arts, you can’t please everyone all the time. Besides, it kinda blows my cover when I post about a fun party I just hosted.
Stay tuned for more ideas from Kate for “Entertaining in your 20’s” and vegetarian food ideas.
I am a perfectionist. I come up with these overly extravagant fantasies of cooking and entertaining for my friends and family, and am constantly and inevitably disappointed. I am my own downfall. But, I am learning from it. Trying to make everything look perfect and planned is overwhelming and stressful. This summer I have taught myself to stay away from the Martha Stewart ornamentation that would keep any host hot glue gunning trinkets for hours, and to move back into a form of entertaining that is homey, easy and perfect for big groups of people.
A couple of weeks ago I hosted a summer brunch, along with my two friends Max and Lucas, for twenty of our friends.
Summer Brunch Menu:
Portobello and sun dried tomato frittata
Spiced waffles with vanilla whipped cream
Banana nut chocolate chip muffins
Orange and Grapefruit mimosas