4 must-have items for quick and easy entertaining

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(ARA) – When you’re busy it seems like the best place to meet up with friends is for dinner at a local restaurant. But these days, with everyone on a budget eating out isn’t in the cards. Having a few items on hand makes it easy to entertain, no matter how much (or little) time you have to prepare.

1. Music
Use the hours of music stored in your MP3 player. Simply create and keep a dinner party playlist with your music.

2. Candles
Keep a bundle of unscented tea light or votive candles available for added ambience.

3. Food
You don’t need to be a professional chef to create a restaurant-quality meal that will wow your guests. When it’s time for dinner, you can enjoy quick, easy and affordable restaurant-quality meals steamed in their own bag. Contessa MicroSteam meals require no pots, no pans, no mess and, because of innovative steam technology, your elegant dinner will be healthy as well as delicious. Your guests will never believe it came from a microwave.

4. Beverages
Keep a few bottles of wine around and even spending and evening at home watching movies can become a festive occasion.

For more information visit Contessa.com.

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