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Posted by Allison Simms on Aug 23rd 2016
"Sure, I'd love to host the next one!" It sounded like a great idea until you started thinking about the details. The thought of hosting a dinner party has become the ultimate nightmare. When throwing one of these gatherings, the most important thing to remember is to NOT STRESS OUT.
So, you ask yourself, "Where in the heck do I start? Do I really have room for everyone? What is this going to cost me?" These are common questions that always come to mind. I know because I used to be in that boat (well, I still become a little anxious by the mere thought of my dirty house) but then I remember to breathe, refer back to my handy notes, recall my last successful party, and then my blood pressure goes back to normal. Listen, this doesn't have to be some 10 course, elaborate extravaganza. You can be the 'hostess with the mostess' by making it simple but elegant; easy but sophisticated (looking), while impressing the pants off your guests (well, not literally!) The secret is organization. This is key to make hosting a breeze. To be organized, you must plan ahead.
To get started with your party prepping, simply ask yourself these 4 basic questions.
Now that these 4 basic questions have been answered, you're already over halfway there. Easy, right? So, start planning, and remember...the one thing your guests will take away from their wonderful evening is how easy you made it all look!
Below are pics of some of my favorite dishes when hosting "Italian Night". Bon appetit!
Rustic Garlic Bread
Creamy Caesar Salad
Last, but not least....the 'Signature Drink' ("The Barn Nail")
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