Think outside the cheese aisle: add homemade pimento cheese and mix in store-bought sweets such as Piroulines and chocolate-covered pretzels.

“Summertime..and the livin’ is easy…”

Yes, it’s that long-awaited time of year when the sun shines a little longer and a little brighter, allowing time for late afternoon swims, a neighborhood game of ball, and chasing fireflies.

Summer is also the savviest season of all for casual entertaining—whether hosting an impromptu dinner party or dining al fresco with family and friends. Relaxing, unscripted dinners can be the most memorable—just always be sure to have a few choice nibbles on hand.

My most favorite go-to hors d’oeuvre, hands down, is an inviting cheese display. 

This duo of salty + sweet is the perfect prelude to any menu or can stand alone in the spotlight, accompanied by a refreshing cocktail or glass of wine.

Simply follow these tips to keep your spontaneous get-together one that even the host can enjoy!