Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Guest Post... 5 Entertaining Essentials by Sabra of The Lonely Wife Project

A huge welcome to Sabra from the Lonely Wife Project, a blogger who has the perfect combo of wit, style, appreciation of food, and of course adorable monster pup.  Most of these characteristics add up to a pretty fabulous host (you mean not everyone loves my 65 lbs pup trying to make them play tug with him at my parties as much as I do...), which is why I've asked her to share with us her top 5 entertaining tips.  Anyway, Sabra was one of the first blogs I started following and I'm not sure if it's because of our similar sense of humor, the yummy foodie pictures, her daily pretties, or monster fur ball child who I can relate to being a mother of, but she is a daily source of inspiration/ laughs so go pop on over... doo ittt.

Hi, I'm Sabra from the Lonely Wife Project! I was thrilled when the lovely Julie asked me to guest blog while she's sunning it up in LA. Today I share with you my essentials for entertaining. When we're not busy tending to our professional lives and acting as zookeepers (we have three boisterous animals), the Husband and I like to invite fun people over to our house to partake in eating, drinking and Jenga! Five "must haves" for our soires...

1) A stocked bar. We keep all kinds of alcoholic goods for my picky friends - wine, champagne, tequila, Jack, mixers. Even I'm embarrassed sometimes when we're checking out at Costco.

2) Fancy cheese spreaders. I love cheese and I love accessories. So pretty cheese accessories make me an extremely happy hostess. I love this gorgeous bone cheese knife set I picked up recently at West Elm.

3) Fresh flowers. They smell good and send the message that you care about aesthetics.

4) Food. I love to put together easy and impressive appetizers like this garlic bread with red chili and cilantro. NOM!

5) Candles and mood lighting. I can't stand bright lights when peeps are trying to engage in conversation. I light as many candles as I can get away with without setting the house on fire. My guests appreciate the intimacy.

I trust you enjoyed my roundup and glad to meet your acquaintance. Come visit me over at my blog or my home. I'll make you whatever adult beverage you desire.


  1. Totally agree with you, especially on the flowers.

    And WHERE did you get that print?! I have to have it!!

  2. Check, check, and a huge *DOUBLE* check for the red chile garlic bread! I'm already planning tonight's dinner around that goodness! (c: Fab post, dearies!

  3. Thanks ladies! Jenna, that print is from Etsy.


  4. A well stocked bar, amen sister. And I totally know what you mean about the whole checking out at Costco ordeal when your cart is full of liquor. I went to Costco by myself once before we had a BBQ....I got odd looks, haha. But hey, friends are picky but b/c we love them they deserve to be catered to :)

  5. fab ideas Sabra! xoxo

  6. Can you say O-M-G? I thought I was enjoying the cheese spreaders and bar cart (which looks to-die-for, but then I saw that garlic bread. I want some, and I want it now!

  7. Love your five selections! That bread looks amazing. Fresh flowers and a lit candle totally make a room and I love your pretty bar area!


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