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.
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.