Welcome, Friends!

Do you love the idea of inviting friends and family for dinner but feel overwhelmed by the details of planning the menu? You’re in the right place! 

We’re Lisa and Anna, the duo behind Garnish with Lemon, a food and drink website dedicated to helping you bring the joy back to entertaining. We’ll show you what to cook for any type of gathering, offering a wealth of crowd-pleasing recipe and imaginative cocktails. 

Here’s a quick and dirty rundown of what you’ll find useful here: 

1. We’re here to help you.

Our mission is simple: inspire you to entertain more often and to do it with ease and confidence.

Whether that means hosting a casual, last-minute happy hour with friends or a complete dinner party for 14, we want to encourage you to cook more often, have confidence in the meals you create and feel fulfilled by connecting with friends and family over good food and drink. Trust us; it’s not as pie-in-the-sky as it sounds. You CAN do it, and we’re here to show you how with our approachable recipes, unique cocktails, menu ideas and time-saving tips

We’ve been sharing our love of casual entertaining on the internet for over 6 years and extending hospitality in our homes for many years before that. Want to know more about us? Check out Our Story for all the details.

2. Not sure where to start?

That’s probably the most popular question we get from new readers:
What should I read first? Here are a few suggestions:


Our how-to posts outline all the details you need to rock a recipe. Check out How to Host a Chili Bar Party and How to create an easy DIY Mimosa Bar.

Complete Menus

Perhaps a complete menu would be helpful for your next party. Check out our popular 4th of July Menu, or try our Halloween Party menu packed with fall flavor.

Appetizers & Sides

Or maybe you’re looking for some inspiration for appetizers or side dishes. Try our 10 Tasty BBQ Side Dishes and our 5 Easy Cream Cheese Appetizers.

Home Bar

We’ve got all the particulars of what you need for a properly stocked home bar. See our 5 Essential Bar Tools, our 7 Liquor Cabinet Essentials, and our guide to Elderflower Liqueur.

3. Be part of the GWL community

Like what you see so far? Keep in touch! Garnish with Lemon has a loyal community of like-minded home cooks who want the rewards of cooking for their favorite people without any of the stress. Like us on Facebook or connect with us on Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest or Twitter to see what we’re up to.

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