Sometimes, just thinking about coping with Dinner Parties is enough to send you away for a nice lie down to recover.
But, Alexandria Blaelock, author of Stress Free Dinner Parties: How to plan, host and enjoy your party says “coping with Dinner Parties is “just” a matter of calming down – try thinking of it as inviting a few friends around for a meal.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for coping with Dinner Parties:
- Dinner Parties are Awesome!: They’re just a nice way to get your friends in clean clothes at your place for a drink, a snack and a chat.
- Nachos and beer can be a Dinner Party: The key components of a Dinner Party are food, drink, and people to consume it. The rest is entirely up to you.
- Don’t invite chefs: If you’re uncomfortable about providing food for others, don’t invite chefs or cooking show judges. Invite ordinary people who’ll appreciate a night off!
- Start small and work up: You don’t have to produce a 14-course meal with 15 different types of crystal glasses and a bewildering array of knives. Start small and simple (e.g., roast dinner), and as you feel more comfortable, cook more complex meals.
- Cheat!: If you’re really uncomfortable, buy ready-made meals to reheat and serve on your own dishes. No one has to know.
With Alexandria’s tips for coping with Dinner Parties, you’ll be entertaining every night of the week!.
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