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How to Host a Dinner Party


The following is an excerpt from Laura Rysman | December 3, 2017 | Nytimes.com |

Food, drink, friends, good conversation — a dinner party is, in the end, a simple and enduring combination of ingredients, made unique by what hosts and guests infuse the evening with. To help you achieve a more flawless and fun-filled gathering, here are a set of guidelines with everything you need to know about throwing your best dinner party.

Advance planning will ultimately make a dinner party that much easier to pull off. Making accurate lists and giving yourself plenty of time for each task will minimize chaos and help you tackle the inevitable glitches that arise.

The British party planner Fiona Leahy says that as a professional, outsourcing is key for her own busy life, but even if you can’t hire a catering staff for your private affair, think about what you don’t have to do yourself — like picking up a dessert, having wine, flowers or other supplies delivered, or hiring a cleaning service for before or after the party. Keeping it simple for yourself is crucial. “I’m not above just serving a sourdough truffle pizza with great wine,” Leahy says. “It’s the company that counts … and, of course, the tablescape.” Here, her timeline tips for your party:

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