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First of all, I am no expert at entertaining. I have had a few parties here and there, but nothing extreme or serious, so they don’t even really count. I find that it always works to put something out like this for when guests arrive:

Pickled veggies, crackers, olives, hummus, flowers for good measure. Totally easy and you can last minute wing it if you keep this stuff in your house.

I always try to throw in the best olives, ever.

Castelvetrano's. The Best Olives. Ever.

Castelvetranos. I first had these years and YEARS ago (like back in 2007) when I was living in LA. They were SUPER expensive and could only be found at this little market. Imagine my delight when I recently found them at Costco. Jackpot.