Monday, September 13, 2010

It's Tastefully Simple

Tastefully Simple is a direct sales company based in Alexandria, Minnesota. They offer a selection of convenient, easy-to-prepare foods designed to help people spend less time in the kitchen. The products are available through independent consultants primarily at home taste-testing parties.

Taste-testing party? Yes please!

Over the summer I attended a Tastefully Simple party thrown by a friend of mine. It was a fun and delicious party, so I signed up to host my own. It seemed like a good excuse to invite people over and, of course, I love food. This was right up my alley.

I got my party kit ahead of time and prepared all of the goodies. My Tastefully Simple consultant, Cory, showed up early to help put the finishing touches on the food. Somehow, she mangaged to avoid my camera the entire evening, but she kept the guests entertained and well fed.

A couple of the tastes, including their famous Bountiful Beer Bread!

My fabulous friends and fam!

My mom. I couldn't have pulled this off without her help!

And, of course, Lila wanted to be included.

The Tastefully Simple product line consists of some healthy foods and other not-so-healthy ones.  All of them are quick and easy to prepare. My favorite (healthy) products are the seasoning blends.

They can be added to anything for a punch of flavor. The best part? I can pronounce all of the ingredients. Plus, 1 teaspoon of Garlic Garlic is equivalent to 1 clove of fresh garlic. I like to have that option if I don't have fresh garlic or don't want to get my fingers smelly by chopping it up! Onion Onion can also be substituted for fresh onion.

The rest of the evening was spent placing orders, socializing and chowing down on Perfectly Potato Cheddar Soup, Nana's Apple Cake, Artichoke and Spinach dip and Key Lime Cheese Ball with Twisty Grahams.

Overall, I'd say the night was a success...I may even have my very own Tastefully Simple consultant in the family very soon!

My biggest fear about entertaining in my home is that no one will show up. What is your favorite excuse to entertain? Do you have any fears?

1 comment:

  1. I love to entertain and I really don't need an excuse, though typically it's for a holiday or birthday or some other occasion. My favorite times to entertain are the impromptu times, so I don't stress about it beforehand.

    Which brings me to my fears...that people won't have fun, there will be drama, or (worst of all) I will run out of food. This has never, ever happened as I am a chronic overplanner, but the fear still exists.

    I'm so sad I missed the party. It looks like a grand time! Maybe next time.