Christina Vega’s family has been entertaining celebrities and locals in Los Angeles for decades at their legendary restaurant, Casa Vega. Now, Christy shares five Summer Entertaining tips to make your next home cookout a hit.
1) A Stocked Summer Entertaining Pantry
At the start of every Summer, I stock up on items that I always need on hand to make entertaining easier:
2) Decorate without Flowers
I tend to use bowls of fruit, potted plants and lanterns as centerpieces during the Summer.
3) Prepare with a Timeline
The day before, write out a detailed time line that covers everything from cocktail hour, dinner service, ice de-thaw, etc. Being prepared eliminates anxiety for me.
4) Emergency Spill Kit Ready
Have a kit ready to go with paper towels, a dish towel for blotting, commercial stain remover, club soda and kitchen salt. With these items, you should be able to handle any spill that comes your way.
5) One-Two Bite Apps
I prefer to keep appetizers to one or two bites at big parties. Think of things that are easy to pop in your mouth.
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