When you are having company, buy some fresh flowers. They make the house so much more beautiful. Obviously you can not go wrong with pink peonies...
Although you can: My husband is allergic to them and I need to put them outside after company leaves... sad:(
For a quick appetizer platter make some plain deviled eggs or add some avocado, sriracha, pickles etc... and do a simple spread of cheese and crackers.
That can hold your group off till the main yummy food is served.
I read a phrase the other day that stuck with me:
"There are Seven days in a week and Someday is not one of them"
Enjoy life NOW and entertain. Go... do it!