Every host or hostess knows that when it comes to entertaining friends, the biggest mistake you can make is not planning carefully. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.
There’s nothing more frustrating than having to spend the majority of your time fixing food and serving guests when you’re supposed to be enjoying your friends’ company. At the end of the party, you will have missed all the fun, and your love for entertaining may no longer exist.
I always suggest preparing a few make-ahead dishes, creating cocktails for a crowd, and letting your guests serve themselves. That way, you’ll actually have time to join the party and chat with your friends. There’s no point to throwing a party that you can’t enjoy!