Keep your stress levels down by doing a little forward planning in the kitchen.
While dinners are often bigger affairs, whether you’re dining in or going out, breakfast is generally a self-serve casual meal eaten at home.
Check with your guests if they have any special dietary requirements or morning routines but, otherwise, stock up on the basics like cereal, bread, milk and jams.
If they’re early risers, leave out breakfast essentials like tea, coffee, cups and cereal bowls so that they don’t waste time hunting through the kitchen cupboards — and waking up the rest of the household.
Cassie says dinner is a different matter, where planning makes all the difference.
“You have to have dinner planned every night,” she says. “You can’t just come home and have eggs on toast.”