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Quick Get Together

When was the last time you had your friends over for dinner?  

I’ve always been about planning and details when it comes to get together and parties.  Although, I think those have their place, I have come to a reality that “It’s okay” you dont’ have to plan anything extravagent or have perfect details.  To have a great time with friends and family it’s not about details, it’s about time together!

Last weekend, late in the morning, my husband had a great idea to have our friends over for a BBQ.  It worked out great,  everyone was able to come over on such short notice.

Here are four things I found were super helpful when planning a get together really fast!

1.  Use what you have on hand, if possible. 

Look in your fridge, freezer or pantry and see what you have on hand.  Check out allrecipes.com for finding recipes with what you have on hand.  If you need to go to the store, review the sale ad before heading out to the store.  You can usually go to the stores website to view it.  Plan your meal around 3 to 5 ingredients.  This will keep your cost down and still make a yummy meal.

2. Plan a simple menu 

Don’t make it extravagant, use your favorite recipe that feeds a group.  Here is a couple of recipes that work well for feeding a group, click here and here.  For the menu: an appetizer, main dish, a side dish and light dessert, is likely all you need.

3. Have your guest bring a dish

Most people love being able to bring something.  Whether they make it from scratch or pick it up at the store.  It helps you out and you get to try something new!  If you have 2 to 3 friends coming over you are probably only going to make one dish!

4. Keep Cleaning Simple

Ask your spouse to help do a quick pick up.  Take 20 minutes at the most.  Do a quick bathroom clean up and pick up any miscellaneous things around the house.  It’s not the time to deep clean.  Do your friends or family really care if you haven’t dusted or vacuumed?  They probably will not even notice and if they do, does it really matter?! :)

So, what are you waiting for!  Have your friends or family over today!  

Do you have any tips for having a quick get together?  Share them in the comments!

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