Entertaining with Style

By: Susan "Honey" Good

Welcoming others into your home, breaking bread, is one of the most loving gestures we can offer to family and friends. Sure, you can meet friends for dinner at some swanky spot or buy gifts for loved ones, but there is something so intimate and sacred about sharing your home, your haven, with those you care about. 

For me, it's also about the ritual. Hours before guests arrive, I am planning for their visit. From putting together delicious dishes to arranging flowers, it's a day (or days) spent preparing for the arrival of special guests. until eventually they arrive and I welcome them with delight. I'm excited for their arrival knowing that no detail has been overlooked and that every element of their visit, no matter how small, was seen to with love. 

I'm in Palm Springs as I write this and I entertain here often in the Winter months. So much so that R/M Magazine did a beautiful spread on how Shelly and I warmly wine and dine friends and family within the four walls of our second home here.  


I want to share some recipes, tips and pictures from the lovely story in  R/M (Rancho Mirage) magazine with my readers who aren't in California and don't have access to this breathtaking publication.  

And, as always, I would love to hear about your entertaining tips, favorite recipes and more. I'm always on the hunt for new ways to improve my entertaining prowess if you will so do tell, darlings!  You can comment below or find me on FacebookTwitter and even... Instagram


Today, I want to share a fail proof appetizer recipe that I often call upon for entertaining. Large shrimp are luxurious hors d'oeuvres but rather than using bottled cocktail sauce I always use my own.

The below recipe makes a little less than 3 cups of cocktail sauce and it's so easy, darlings! Combine all below ingredient below, chill, and then serve along with 24 large, succulent shrimp. 

  • One cup of Heinz ketchup
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of horseradish, fresh or prepared
  • 2 to 3 drops of tabasco sauce
  • The juice of one lemon
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Next week, I'll be sharing a more detailed timeline -- illustrated in R/M Magazine below -- about how I prepare and organize for entertaining... and an amazing, fail proof cornish hen recipe as well as my tips for setting a beautiful table. I have some gorgeous pictures to share with you of a tablesetting I prepared for this magazine... stay tuned, more to come next week. 

In the meantime, if you are in Palm Springs, do pick up a copy of R/M Magazine and everywhere else in the world, check out the publication online here. Shelly and I are delighted to be featured in a spread called "The art of a GOOD party."

GOOD times with GOOD friends... what could be better, darlings? 


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