Entertain like a pro with no-fuss flair

(NC) Every great party starts in the kitchen says television personality, Jillian Harris.

“My job is to help Canadians fall back in love with their homes, which often includes updates to the heart of that home—the kitchen,” says Harris, a well-known foodie, designer, and co-host of Love it or List it Vancouver. “This is especially important with all the entertaining on our shoulders during the holidays. Start the update by looking for ways to maximize your kitchen space with the latest innovative appliances. For example, the totally unique Door-in-Door refrigerator (by LG) is a key player in any kitchen – and at any party. It keeps food fresher longer and it can also double as a help-yourself wet bar. This newest appliance technology will make any party host fall back in love with entertaining at home.”

For no-fail, no-fuss entertaining, take a look at a few more Jillian Harris tips:

• Lead with fresh food and be prepared with no-cook options. People popping by unexpectedly? No problem. Have a selection of pre-made options on-hand. Charcuterie is one option that is easy to save, can be thrown together quickly, and looks fabulous when presented on a serving plank.

• Invite guests to help themselves. Let your appliances take all the hard work out of entertaining. The fascinating third door in the Door-in-Door refrigerator, for example, not only gives you quick and easy access to the foods you use most, but for parties it can also be stylishly staged with an assortment of beverages. Move the food into the back compartment (behind a separate door) and fill the front section with neat rows of wine bottles, mini glass pop bottles, mini sparking waters and beer. Not only does it look great, it encourages guests to help themselves.

• Sweeten the party with mini desserts. Jillian loves to create her signature no-bake apple pie in advance – and store the treat cold until ready to serve. The individual portion-size looks great and allows you to save the rest for your next batch of visitors.

• Presentation makes all the difference. From colourful plates to festive napkins, set a cheerful tone with hand-crafted, seasonal centrepieces. Add an elegant twist to dress-up your table décor by using spray paint.




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