Cocktail Hour...As soon as people arrive, you should have some options for them to drink and snack. Because maybe they're super excited to get the party started, or maybe they need the booze to survive a conversation with you and the snacks to fill the awkward pauses. Either way, it's only polite to have some simple offerings on hand.
Drinks: keep it simple. If it takes you 20 minutes to make the drinks, you're not really enjoying the visit, are you?
Cold weather drinks with rye, rum, and bourbon
Lighter cocktails: mimosa, sangria, and the classic Bloody Mary
Thanksgiving cocktails: cranberry margarita and rosemary gin and tonic
A nice wine and cheese arrangement does the trick, too.
Snacks: you need something to sop up the booze. Bowls of nuts, mixed olives, and some bread will do. I, however, am very partial to dips.
Guacamole (trust me, this one's good)
Hot Rosemary-Garlic Ricotta Dip
Hummus (don't buy it, dingbat!)
Roasted Red Pepper Dip (aka North African Party Dip)
Tuscan White Bean Dip
This is a little more work, but aren't deviled eggs delicious, too? You never make them just for yourself, right? But having guests over is a great excuse!
If you've got house guests, it's your job to make the morning. Get up earlier than them and have something delicious for them to eat (or not--don't be pushy). It doesn't matter if you don't want to get up, just do it! There is nothing ruder than a host who leaves the guests to roam the halls in silence, snooping around for a mug and a coffee maker like a sleepy thief. Don't make your guests feel like vultures.
Everything with a * can be made ahead and frozen or refrigerated until ready to serve.
Blueberry Breakfast Cake *
Breakfast Rice Pudding
Chocolate Muffins *
Lemon-Tahini Muffins *
Rye & Rhubarb (or raspberry) Cake *
Breakfast Burritos *
Crustless Quinoa and Greens Quiche *
Heavenly Egg Casserole *
Mini Quiches *
Sweet Potato Hash