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Are You a Perfect Party Planner?

Do you have what it takes to be a Martha-level host?

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These are the five charactertistics of a true party master. 

 

1. SHE ALWAYS KEEPS THE PANTRY STOCKED

Having basic and specialty items on hand means you can easily make appetizers for impromptu get-togethers and also get a jump-start when shopping for specific recipes.

 

Learn Why You Should Make Your Own Crackers for Your Next Party -- and Get the Recipes 

Learn What Ingredients our Test Kitchen Can't Live Without
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2. SHE MAKES LISTS

Write down everything you will need: food, drinks, ice, plates and flatware, serving pieces, glasses, napkins, and any table decorations such as candles and flowers.

 

Get the Green Goddess Dip and Crudites Recipe

 

 

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3. SHE STREAMLINES THE MENU

Stick with one type of food -- for example, an Asian-style menu of dumplings, summer rolls, and negimaki; or an all-American spread with hot artichoke dip, deviled eggs, and lobster rolls. Or go French . . .

 

Get the Provencal Onion Tart Recipe

Get our Fabulous French Appetizer Recipes
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4. SHE CHOOSES RECIPES WISELY

An experienced host never tries too many new dishes out at a party; instead she include some old favorites in the mix, or test-drives any new recipes before the event.

 

Get the Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites Recipe

Add the Recipes from Martha's Appetizers Book to Your Repertoire
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5. SHE MIXES IT UP

A true party guru makes sure to always offer some dishes that can be enjoyed by everyone, including options for those with food restrictions (e.g., vegan, nut-free, gluten-free).

 

Get the Seasoned Popcorn Recipe

Get our Vegan Appetizer Recipes

For the rest of our party-hosting tips, pick up your copy of "Martha Stewart's Appetizers" today!

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