My easiest entertaining tip goes hand in hand with all the desserts we featured last week. The most important part about entertaining is the interaction, so if you don't have time to throw a lavish dinner party, just stick to sweets. A few friends, an hour after work, and something sweet to munch on makes for a lovely get-together.
And I don't even make the dessert myself! For that I turn to my local Strawberry Hill bakery in Kansas, who make the best Povitica. Not in Kansas City? You can also find them at Costco or online.
Tell us: if you're going to clean your house would you rather serve a full meal? Or are you happy with something small, simple, and sweet?
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