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.
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.
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 . . .
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.
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).
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