2014-01-30 / Local & State

Hosting A Memorable Dinner Party

(StatePoint) – Want to be the host with the most? Entertaining can be tricky, especially when you’re preparing a dinner party of several courses. But you don’t have to let it stress you out, say experts.

“From setting the table, to creating a scrumptious dessert station, you can better impress your guests if you are prepared,” says Jessica Joyce, spokeswoman for Bed Bath & Beyond.

As you make your plans, consider these helpful tips from Joyce:

Remove the guess work

The key to reducing stress around entertaining is to plan. Start putting together a guest list and menu ahead of time. Determine the hors d'ourves, drinks, main course, side dishes, coffee bar and desserts.

Menu talk

Once the menu is selected, make sure you have the right kitchenware to prepare and serve the meal – from roasting pans to serving plates. Get familiar with the recipes you’re working with so there are no last minute surprises.

Mix and match dinnerware

When it comes to serving guests, it’s helpful to get assorted dinnerware in both white and clear so you can mix and match as needed. Be sure that you have enough of the right glassware for serving cocktails when guests first arrive. Have a water and wine glass on the table for each guest to use during the meal.

Presentation

Consider how you’d like to present your meal to your guests. Whether it’s a sitdown dinner or buffet style, your food will be the main focus. A triple slow cooker is great for a buffet. It will let you cook, keep your food warm and allow your guests to help themselves all at once.

Create a ‘tablescape’

You can make a great impression before your guests even sit down to eat by crafting a beautiful setting. Create ambience by adorning the dinner table and buffet area with décor and infusing pops of color with the tablecloth, metallic chargers, napkins and fresh flowers.

Mood lighting

For a finishing touch, set the mood with candles by using a mix of tea lights and candlesticks on the table at varying heights.

For more entertaining tips, recipes, gift ideas and other inspiration, visit, www.BedBathandBeyond.com.

With some special touches to your menu and décor, you can make your feast a memorable one.

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