1. 3x The Ice

Nothing will jack up your party like a shortage of frozen water. Buy three times as much as you think you’ll need.

2. Have Couples Sit Next To Each Other, Not Across.

It opens up the table to a larger conversation, this might be the best tip on the list.


Photo: @AwesomePeopleHangingOutTogether

3. Set an odd time for arrival, like 7:10 pm.

6:00? 7:30? People won’t take these times seriously, throw a :40 in there or a :20, people think there’s a reason and will be much more likely to show up on time.

4. Braising is your friend, searing is not.

Lamb Shanks? Great. Short Ribs? Wonderful. Seared Scallops à La Minute? Potential disaster. Remember, the goal is to hang out with your friends, choose a main you can prepare ahead and plunk down on the table with minimal hassle.

Mole Chicken Tacos Recipe Here

5. Interactive Wins

The only thing better than braising short ribs or lamb shanks is offering up some soft tortillas with fresh garnishes alongside so people can mix and match and design their own dinner. It encourages conversation, it’s fun and if someone doesn’t like dinner it’s their own fault.

6. Mix Up The Guest List

Take liberty in inviting guests who don’t all do the same thing. As a general rule of thumb, artists, doctors and anyone who likes raw oysters make great dinner party guests.

Photo: @AwesomePeopleHangingOutTogether

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