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Summer Entertaining Tips From a Pro

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It's entertaining week on Martha Stewart Living Radio! On "Living Today," we enjoyed a visit from the amazing Serena Bass, caterer to the stars (Sarah Jessica Parker and Nathan Lane are among her clients) and author of "Serena, Food & Stories: Feeding Friends Every Hour of the Day."

Serena is a James Beard Foundation award winner and shared some great tips for entertaining. For example, think of texture and contrast. After soup, serve something grilled or roasted. Also, if you serve a tart for a first course then don't serve another pastry for the rest of party.

Serena also says it's a wonderful idea to incorporate food with bright colors such as an emerald pea soup, borscht with fuschia tones, and grilled salmon on a bed of carrots.

In regards to summer entertaining, she mentioned that we should be thinking of basil, cilantro, macadamias, and pine nuts.

Finally, Serena wants to let us all know that it's okay to be a little late when attending a party. But arriving early puts extra pressure on the host/hostess as they prepare for their party. Thanks Serena for your fabulous tips!

What's your tried-and-true summer entertaining tip?

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