Today we live with a different mind-set. Clean, simple, sustainable, down to earth, not so fussy, but we still love to get together with friends. Simplicity is refreshing, organic and I love the new mindset. I embrace our younger generation's desire to live in the moment. They have traded the quest for material things for travel, adventure and jobs they love. The idea that we don't live until we retire at 65 is gathering dust and rightfully so. Passion and creativity are free and infusing it into our lives builds an eternal flame of happiness.
So what does the new dinner party look like? Let's start with a signature cocktail. Mixology has earned it's status as a mainstay now so why not greet your guests with a great party starter. After that it is wide open. With grilling season still in full swing, ask your guests to BYOR, (bring your own ribeye) this cuts down on cost and helps the host focus on the rest.
Great food is simple. Fresh food is spectacular. With over 8500 farmer's markets in the U.S. fresh is attainable for many. When your food is fresh very little fuss is required. Fresh herbs add drama and color. Get creative! The beauty of our plugged-in society is you can now google a list of ingredients and 100's of recipes pop up. No fuss, no sweat, no hassle. Life is good. As a former "80's girl I have come to love simplicity. Great ingredients speak for themselves. They have nothing to prove and neither do I. Embrace this new mentality of simplicity. Fun is easy. Let's have a party!!!
Look for ideas and recipes, here and on instagram (freckles1960). See ya at the table!
Kelly aka The Princess Rancher