A band or DJ will take the pressure off the hostess. If for some reason the music stops midway through the party, be sure to reset it immediately! The best hostesses are thoughtful and will cater the little details of her event to delight her guests. Plate on elegant serving platters or chafing dishes to keep the food warm.
If you want to make a menu of homemade dips and dainty finger foods, do as much as you can in advance.
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For some people, alcohol is not a necessary element of a fun party—I am not one of those people. Make a big pitcher of margaritas or a punch bowl of sangria, and then as your guests arrive, offer them a beverage. Other options are to set up a bar and let guests make their own drinks, or simply offer beer and wine. Proper glassware is preferred, but not obligatory—Solo cups are fine in a pinch. Serve bread from the hot new bakery in town that has a huge waiting list, have an after-dinner port tasting, or open an expensive magnum of red wine—it is a party, after all!
My cookbook collection is getting out of control, so at a recent dinner, I asked each of my guests to select a book from the shelf and take it home with them. It was an unanticipated gift and also a way for me to edit my collection. The surprise element is one of the things your guests will be talking and texting about tomorrow, so get creative!
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