I am going to demonstrate the difference between entertaining and drinks in the summer and drinks in the winter.
We had a great time at a Halloween party in our neighborhood a few months back. Because of Covid, it was the first time we had the opportunity to meet many people in our new neighborhood. My husband and I both mingled all night and tried to remember who we met and where they lived. This challenge was made even more difficult by the fact that all the guests were in costumes. One of the neighbors who came to the party wasn’t wearing a costume because they had come to the party after dropping their teenage daughter off at an event. This was the couple that my husband spent the most time talking to and the best part is he could remember what they looked like and where they lived.
A few months later my husband connected with the couple for drinks. He invited them for drinks at 6 p.m. My questions started right away. Does this mean one drink and the couple goes home? Should I have a signature cocktail and some peanuts out? Are they staying longer than one drink and I should have some cheese and appetizers out? Will drinks move into dinner and if it does – does that mean something sits down that I should prepare for or a frozen pizza? Drinks in the summer feel like a pretty easy affair – drinks in the winter seem more like dinner and that heartier fare is expected.
Well, after spending some time on it I decided to make three dips that would be served with crackers, pita, and veggies and could be hearty enough to withstand a few drinks. White Bean and Goat Cheese Dip was a hit as were the eggplant dip. This Baked Feta with Roasted Tomatoes and Thyme was one of my favorites and allowed me to use yellow cheery tomatoes but after I took the dip out of the oven I added some of my roasted tomatoes from the Hilltop garden for an additional pop of color.
Let me know which are your favorites!