➤ Greet guests and seat them promptly in the living room with a welcome drink.
The Anti-Kitchen Party
➤ Serve appetizers in the living room and time dinner to start no more than 90 minutes after guests arrive.
➤ If last-minute prep is required, designate your co-host or a guest to keep glasses filled and the party flowing.
➤ Encourage guests to enjoy their coffee or digestif in another room to signal the party is winding down.
➤ Don’t start cleaning up while your guests are there (unless it’s way past party wrap-time).
Use place cards when entertaining more than six.