This post was sponsored by Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
On television, I love watching all the HGTV shows like House Hunters. What I especially love is that every woman walks into every kitchen exclaiming, Oh, I love the kitchen! It’s perfect for entertaining!
I used to wonder if all those people really did all that entertaining. Because when I think of the word “entertaining,” I’m expecting my party host to BRING IT.
A few years ago, my husband and I were invited to an oyster shucking party. Now, I realize that oysters aren’t glamorous and we were living in the south. But we arrived to find everyone gathered out back, sitting on lawn chairs in the garage, while snacking on a few open boxes of crackers.
Now there’s nothing wrong with packaged foods. I mean, look at the Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods Salted Caramel Brownie Bliss bites. But serving them so they look like this vs straight out of the box can make all the difference.
If I’ve just described your last get-together, here are some simple ways to class it up. Surprisingly, it’s all about how you serve things. Here are a couple of my favorite pieces and tips that I use when I entertain.
Invest in some nice multi-purpose serving pieces.
These pieces are actually Wilton Armetale, which I love, but it can also cost a fortune. Luckily we live close to their factory outlet and get everything at a steal. I usually use this bowl for rolls (if I’m serving mini-sandwiches) or pasta salad or even potato chips.
This tray, also from Wilton Armetale, is perfect as a chip and dip bowl. You can put the dip directly in the center or use your own small bowl. I’ve used this tray for hummus and pita chips or veggies and ranch dip.
Repurpose pieces in your house.
This is a wire bowl that I actually bought a few years ago to use for fruits and veggies on the counter.
Now, you’re more likely to find me using it as a bread basket by adding a colorful cloth napkin to the bowl.
Take things off of display.
This beautiful piece of handmade pottery never gets used because I forget that I have it. I keep it in my china cabinet because it’s so pretty but it’s totally food safe and would beautiful with anything on it!
Buy a conversation piece.
I’m pretty sure I bought this Banana Leaf serving tray from Crate & Barrel years ago when it was on super-cheap clearance (the only way I tend to shop). I don’t use it often but I always get compliments when I do. Think of lining this with lettuce or kale leaves and topping with spring rolls.
Make your own!
Back when my husband and I had more leisure time (i.e., before kids), we would do fun things like read read about DIY projects in magazines and then actually DO THEM. One year, we bought tiles of marble (only 99 cents each) and some drawer pulls to make cheese trays. We gave them as gifts and kept this one for ourselves.
It still drives me crazy that the fork is on the right and the knife is on the left.
Keep it neutral.
If I’m having a gathering, I’m guaranteed to put out some black olives, mainly because I love them. I’ve bought specific dishes for my olives but I especially love the white dish. It looks crisp and clean and goes with any decor.
Dress up store bought food.
The last thing you want to do is be that person who puts the box of crackers on the table (or the box of dessert alongside it). Am I right?
My family loves the Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods Salted Caramel Brownie Bliss bites. I found these lovely treats a few months ago when I started Weight Watchers and when they learned that each snack has 80 calories per serving and 4 SmartPoints®, they saw it as an opportunity to load up! But if I want to serve a calorie conscious, but tasty, snack as a dessert at a gathering (I’m thinking about Book Club specifically), I can serve this alongside all my other fancy dishes.
This is why I love my white dishes. Anything looks elegant on them.
But if I really want to do things right, I’d slice these treats in half. Not only will they last longer (at half the calories), but my guests don’t have to guess as to what’s inside.
I’ve been buying Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods even since I stopped the program. It’s perfect for any night where you have that craving for something sweet and you just need a nibble! My favorite has been the Lemon Crème Cake but they are available in 10 other flavors (like Mint Chocolate Brownie Bliss, Carrot Crème Cake, and Coffee Cake).
If you haven’t tried them, you can find more information on where to find these delicious treats by visiting the Weight Watchers product locator.