“Eeek! Unexpected HUNGRY company!”
We ended up with seven people for lunch unexpectedly yesterday. We ran to the grocery store deli, then popped everything into bowls and had a great lunch very quickly, but I was really on the spot!
The key here is that the containers were discarded before we called everyone for lunch. We got a variety of items (hedging our bets, in case something turned out to be awful, there were backups) and we chose a consistent color theme. Since it was a gorgeous spring day, we used a selection of flower-shaped bowls. The meat loaves looked much better after they were dressed with basil, as did the tabouli, and the roasted chicken benefitted from a couple of chives in bloom. It may not have been homemade (and I didn’t try to pass it off as such), but it looked like it was and I’m certain that enhanced the taste!