Three Tips for Throwing a Stress Free Dinner Party

I love a good dinner party — it’s the perfect way to bring friends and family together, blow off some creative steam, and try out that new DIY or recipe you’ve been working on. Now I get it, dinner parties can be overwhelming and pretty stressful — but I’m here to give you three simple rules to live by that will make entertaining a cinch.

Rule 1: Let a Theme/Vibe Be Your North Star

It’s easy to get carried away with ideas and directions, especially after diving deep into the world of Pinterest while binge-ing onTop Chef. The easiest way to simplify is to nail down what kind of vibe you’re going for — whether that be easy-going, formal, festive, or somewhere in between — once that’s settled everything else kind of falls into place. For me, I usually put together a few flower arrangements (pro tip: hydrangeas are foolproof and always look effortlessly chic) and maybe a few fun pops like a great bar set up with something unexpected, like a citrus or flower ice cube filled champagne bucket.

Rule 2: Keep It Simple

Don’t over-complicate things, there’s nothing worse than biting off more than you can chew and only realizing it right before everyone is about to arrive. Now that you have your theme/focus nailed down, you can start to build out what your menu and side sizzle (the wow-factor) looks like. For a relaxed party, I’ve found that grazable appetizers like a killer charcuterie board or smoked salmon bites and a house cocktail like a grapefruit gin fizz (I mean there’s no time like the present to bust out your Grandma’s vintage shaker – and that my friend, is the side sizzle) are the perfect pairing. Remember, things don’t have to be perfect or expensive to make it a night to remember.

Rule 3: At the End of the Day, It’s all About the People and the Memories

Don’t get too crazy, the whole point of a dinner party is getting some of your favorite people together to drink, laugh, and be merry. So if there’s one thing you take from all of this, let it be that as long as you have enough wine/cocktails/beer you’re golden.

Until next time.

Xx,

Molly

Sunday Splurge — Buffalo Wings + A Summer Party

Those that know me, know that I have a soft spot for Buffalo Wings and Summer soirees. Wing Wednesday, I’m there. Pit stop at Buffalo Wild Wings (I’m looking at you Jacky), I’m there. So naturally, the time came to test out a few recipes for my next Summer bash.

This week I set out in search of a recipe that would ensure crispy skin without having to deep fry and a spicy, zesty sauce of the gods. Thanks to my trusty POPSUGAR, I found just what I was looking for. The key to crispy, no-fry skin is covering the wings in baking powder and baking at a low heat then switching it up to high. Keep reading for my Buffalo Wings recipe and tips on the perfect Summer BBQ decor.

THE DECOR

The Bar Setup

The Bar

Essentials: Festive Glassware // Coasters // Champagne Bucket

The Tablescape

table2

Essentials: Low-Key China // Vases // Handsom Tray

THE WINGS

Original Photography

Recipe (adapted from Recipe Tin Eats)

Crispy Oven Baked Wings
  • 4 lbs chicken wings
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1¾ teaspoons salt
Buffalo Sauce
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup Frank’s Original Red Hot Sauce
Blue Cheese Dip
  • Marie Calendar’s Blue Cheese dressing
To Serve
  • Friends, brews, and football required

Directions

Crispy Baked Wings
  1. Pat wings dry with paper towels. We want to make sure the wings are completely dry before beginning as this ensures their crispiness.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 250 (we’ll increase the heat later on).
  3. Place the wings in a large ziplock bag, add the baking powder and salt, and shake the bag to coat the wings evenly. Pat off excess baking powder.
  4. Spray the baking tray with oil and place the wings skin side up on the rack (this is essential). Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Then turn the oven up to 425 and bake for another 40 to 50 minutes, rotating the tray halfway through. The wings are ready when they are dark golden brown and the skin is very crispy.
  6. Toss with the Buffalo Sauce and serve immediately with a side of blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.
Sauce
  1. Whisk together the Sauce ingredients. Keep warm or reheat just prior to using.

How simple is that! These Buffalo Wings are the perfect addition to a Summer BBQ, Monday Night Football watch, or your very own Wing Wednesday.

Until next time.

Xx Molly