Easy Entertaining - Introduction


Lighthouse Creations Easy Entertaining Christmas 2019


Our definition of successful, easy entertaining:  innovative use of flavors in dishes
that are quick to prepare (happy host), but taste great (happy guests).

Directions for appetizers, soups, salsas, spicy ketchup, tapenades and desserts are on the package labels, here in the product pages and the RECIPES pages.  Following in this section are a few serving ideas and recipes we hope you will find inspiring.  They have been chosen for this section because they have only a few steps, but innovative flavors and presentations that convey culinary imagination and skill.  They are quick and easy to prepare even if you’re a rank beginner at cooking, or have virtually no time for preparation.  If you’re planning to go all out with appetizers for a Christmas party or a special Christmas dessert, this section provides lots ways to make it all easy entertaining.  For more help, see the ASK PENNY pages.

You can let the food "sell itself," or you can create a more festive atmosphere for the occasion by a few simple additions (like a favorite serving dish, themed cocktail napkins or decorations) as we've done in the pictures throughout the web site and in the WHERE TO FIND IT pages.

Use these serving ideas and recipes to make entertaining a pleasure for you too!



Guy Favorites

Glazed Meatballs, Sausages with Wasabi Lemon or Ginger Dipping Sauce, White Cheddar Horseradish Dip & Spread, Shrimp Cocktail with 6 Cocktail Sauce Flavors

 Ladies’ Favorites

Ginger Sesame Dip, Artichoke Dip, Shrimp with Mango Curry Dipping Sauce, Venetian Kalamata Olive Tapanade, Queen of Sheba Hummus, Artichoke Tapenade, French Toast Sticks with Irish Cream Mousse Dip, Cannoli Filled with White Chocolate Amaretto Mousse

Dinner Parties

Shrimp & Melon Skewers with Rio Grande Dipping Sauce, Beef & Garlic Blue Cheese Canapés, Velvety Curried Butternut or Pumpkin Bisque, White Chocolate Amaretto Mousse & Strawberries

Office Parties

Raspberry Horseradish Filled Ham Pinwheels, Madras Chicken Pasta Salad, Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Apricot Sweet Ginger Dressing, El Paso Chicken Soup, Caramel Pecan Mousse Topping