1. Set the table a day or two in advance.
Seriously. It only takes a few minutes and you will feel so prepared.
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2. If you don't have flowers, just use a house plant like this succulent or fruit.
3. Have a game plan and prepare things in advance.
You can see here where I made the balsamic glaze, soup and dessert on Thursday, the day before the party...
I used the new cookbooks that I got for Christmas.
This appetizer from Tiny Food Party was waiting as guest arrived.
Along with warm Parmesan Crisps from
Here I am checking the oven.
All set. I like to roast lemons with the vegetables and give them
an extra squeeze before serving. The Crispy Mustard Chicken is in there, too.
This Easy Pea Soup is also from
(basically the whole menu is from this book).
Looks pretty good with that crispy prosciutto, huh?
What was I doing? Oh yes..."my steps to an easy party"...
4. Get a "volunteer" to help you serve.
Look how fast Cody serves the soup! He doesn't want it to get cold.
5. Start drinking wine (or not, that's just me) and enjoy your guests.
I can't cut the raspberry bars as precisely as Ina...
but you know they were home-made. I found the French cupcake papers at Home Goods.
6. One last step...the idea is to have fun with friends in a
homey environment. Take the initiative.
Order take-out or do an impromptu pot luck.
And light the candles.
You know how good you look in candle light!