Food & Entertaining - Party Planner

The lost art of dinner parties

By
Sarah Deveau

Start a new tradition with friends and family with tips for hosting the perfect dinner party.

Do it once, then do it again
In her poem, If I Had My Life To Live Over, Erma Bombeck writes, "I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, the sofa faded". You don't need a spotless designer home to enjoy the company of good friends. During the first years of our marriage, my husband and I had a 600 square foot apartment and a kitchen table that could barely seat two adults. We didn't let that stop us from hosting dinner parties for four, six, and even eight guests. We didn't care if we had to eat with our plates in our laps-and neither did our guests.

Once you begin hosting dinner parties, you'll realize how easy and rewarding it really is. Your friends may begin throwing dinner parties themselves, and though some may never return the invitation, it's not about keeping score. Perhaps they have not yet cast off their inhibitions and fears of hosting a dinner party-and you'll be a hard act to follow.

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