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If you’re plan­ning to host a few friends for a meal, we have a few sug­ges­tions.

Start early

Pre­pare as much as pos­si­ble be­fore guests ar­rive so you don’t waste pre­cious time in the kitchen.

Do a test run

This is not the time to try out a new recipe. Cook it at least once be­fore the big day.

Check di­etary re­quire­ments

You don’t want to find out when you sit down to a slow-cooked roast lamb that half your guests are ve­gans.

Take the plate

If some­one of­fers to bring a plate, it might ease your work­load — as long as it com­ple­ments what you’re serv­ing.

Let friends help

It’s a ca­sual get to­gether so, if they’re of­fer­ing to help out, give your guests a job to do.


It’s a din­ner party, not the pres­sure test on MasterChef.

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