INS & OUTS OF HOST­ING

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■ PLAY THE NUM­BERS This is one party that isn’t nec­es­sar­ily a case of the more the merrier. Guests will cre­ate a project for ev­ery­one, so un­less your friends are pro­lific, think of 10–15 as a cut­off.

■ GIVE SOME NO­TICE Send out in­vites about a month early so friends can start craft­ing.

■ KEEP IN TOUCH One week in ad­vance, do one last call for RSVPs and give ev­ery­one the fi­nal head count.

■ ASK FOR HELP You’ll be busy craft­ing, too, so ask ev­ery­one to bring a dish to share. Our ideas, be­low, are store-bought bases em­bel­lished a bit.

■ CHORE­O­GRAPH EX­CHANGE TIME When it’s time to start pass­ing out gifts, give each per­son time in the spot­light to ex­plain their project and show off their tal­ents.

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