DIN­NER PLANS

Pro party tips for novice hosts

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Got guests with an in­fant? Set up a crèche. Take host-with­the-most to the next level by hir­ing a babysit­ter to keep an eye on their wee one and give them an hour or two off duty.

1 The first rule of host­ing? It couldn’t be sim­pler: be a good host! Above all, your guests want to spend time with you, so make sure you’re ready at least 20 min­utes be­fore they’re due to ar­rive and keep your­self avail­able through­out the event. If you have fun, they will too. 2 Speak­ing of guests — aim to in­vite a va­ri­ety. Spice up the night with peo­ple who are younger and older, from dif­fer­ent walks of life and who work in dif­fer­ent fields. In­clude a few good con­ver­sa­tion­al­ists in the mix to help you break the ice. 4 Tealight can­dles in sand-filled pa­per bags are hard to beat for ease, cost-ef­fec­tive­ness and im­pact. Use them to set the mood at your soirée by lin­ing them up along gar­den paths, stair­cases and hall­ways. 5 Whether you’re the type to pre­pare a dig­i­tal playlist or break out the vinyl, you’ll also want to cre­ate am­bi­ence with mu­sic be­fore your guests ar­rive. Be­gin the evening with tunes that are fairly un­ob­tru­sive, then pump up the jam as the night pro­gresses. Be­ing foot­loose and fancy free on the night re­quires for­ward plan­ning to get all your ducks in a row. Give your­self plenty of time — the en­tire af­ter­noon, at least. Start by set­ting the ta­ble first. Most peo­ple leave this step un­til last, but this way, if you do end up a bit be­hind sched­ule with the food prep, your place set­tings will still look sharp. 7 Don’t ne­glect your bath­room. Up­grade your bog-stan­dard toi­let to a wa­ter-closet won­der­land with dim light­ing, chic soap and flick­er­ing can­dles. 8 Pre-mix a few drinks so you don’t end up juggling bar­tend­ing du­ties with greet­ing guests. Cre­ate up­scale ready-to-drink cock­tails by pre­par­ing in­gre­di­ents, seal­ing them in smart-look­ing sin­gle­serve jars (am­ber, clear, tall, short) and placing them in the fridge. To serve, sim­ply drop in some ice, shake and gar­nish.

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