1. The Meal Is Burnt from 9 Dinner Party Problems and How to Fix Them Slideshow

9 Dinner Party Problems and How to Fix Them Slideshow

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1. The Meal Is Burnt

Whether you forgot to add more water to your rice, or you forgot about the fish broiling in the oven, not having a main course to serve guests is many a host’s worst nightmare. Yet, with a full pantry, and a little creative genius, you can turn your disaster into a winning moment by thinking on your feet.

I always keep bread, olives, deli meats, and cheeses on hand, not only to offer as a midnight feast should the party keep going into the night, but also because I’ve learned the hard way that the potential for a slight cooking disaster is commonplace among my dinner parties. And if not, there is always takeout (just dress it up).