How to Stock Your Pantry So You’re Always Party Ready

Even with just a small chunk of manchego, a lonely apple, and an about-to-expire container of hummus in my fridge, at the drop of a hat, I can always pull together a spread of delicious nibbles and spirited drinks for an intimate group of friends. How? First, I stock my pantry so I’m always party ready, then I creatively think about how to turn a simple can of tomatoes into a scrumptious hors d’oeuvre. It takes a little ingenuity, but with some kitchen smarts and a party-ready pantry, you, too, can throw an impromptu fiesta with 10 minutes’ notice. Here’s how it’s done.