Holiday Entertaining for Lazy People Who Never Entertain

by Wendy Copley on December 6, 2011

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Mmmm...Jazzy Brownies

My husband and I are horrible entertainers.

It’s not that we don’t like having our friends over — we do! And it’s not that we don’t like cooking or anything like that — we love cooking! It’s just that we can never seem to get our act together to invite people over. And when we do try to invite people it always seems to be a major ordeal to find a time when everyone is available at once — especially in December. Either one family is out of town, or someone has a school program they need to attend or someone has to work that night or whatever! It’s just complicated enough that we never end up inviting people over.

I’ve decided we need to rethink the idea of “having people over”. Instead of planning a multi-course dinner that four adults and 3-5 children will enjoy, we need to keep it simple. My brilliant-to-me-but-probably-totally-obvious-to-everyone-else idea? Have friends over for dessert!

Here’s my plan:

  1. Bake a batch of brownies from a mix. Easy!
  2. If you want to make the brownies fancy, bake them in a fluted pie plate. Or not — no one will really care because they’re brownies.
  3. Set out a tub of vanilla ice cream and a few toppings. In my cupboard right now: chopped nuts, mini-marshmallows, chocolate chips, an unopened jar of hot fudge (hmmmm…not sure how old that is — better check before giving it to people!) and a boat load of sprinkles.
  4. Plop a fancy (or not-so-fancy) brownie into bowls and let people add toppings as they like.

It’s so easy that we can do it on a school night. We could even do it on the spur of the moment! And if we put out red and green sprinkles and tune Pandora to a Christmas station we can even call it a Christmas party. Ooh la la!

Honestly, I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself.

Do you entertain? What do you do to keep it simple?


Remember to check out Duncan Hines’ website www.duncanhines.com to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.

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  • I never knew this about you, Wendy!

  • My trick has always been a quick visit to Trader Joe’s.  They have EVERYTHING you need.  Cut up veggies, fruit, tons of frozen appetizers, pita/hummus, cheese (!) , olives, crackers, beer, wine, soda.  Seriously, it takes like 20 minutes to get the food out once you’ve done the shopping…

  • Oh, and bean dip.  A can of refried beans (get fancy with one can of pinto and one can of black refried beans, available at Trader Joe’s), shredded cheese, baked for 20 minutes.  People go nuts.

  • Do I entertain? Um, no. That would mean I’d have to clean the house.

  • Whitney {Rookie Moms}

    This year I resolved to entertain more and use pizza. After all, who doesn’t like Zachary’s pizza and all you have to make is salad … and order a boring one for the kids.  I didn’t do it as much as I planned to after discovering that I didn’t have to actually cook meat and sides. Maybe we’ll have you over in 2012 for pizza. You can bring brownies. Just make sure they’re Duncan Hines 🙂

  • Brownies from a mix can be baked in muffin tins… round, and more crispy edges!

  • Brownies from a mix can be baked in muffin tins… round, and more crispy edges!

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