Some other things to keep in mind are having extra plates, cutlery and glassware on hand – you don’t want to be scrambling for these while you’re mid-chat.
Speaking of chatting, if someone starts doing dishes, let them. Some of life’s best conversations happen at the sink!
Plan for those moments when ‘life happens’: someone drops a glass, a kid skins a knee, she didn’t tell you her husband was vegan. No problem: you already have a dustpan and brush, band aids and mushrooms on hand.
Lastly and most importantly, enjoy yourself. There’s nothing so relaxing as seeing your host have fun. It gives everyone permission to let loose.
Wondering what to cook? I’ve got heaps of recipes right here at danivalentcooking.com and in my cookbooks. My Entertaining cookbook even has an accompanying quiz to discover which chapter is right for your next party – I’ve got it all planned out for you, from the perfect recipes to the right music.