How to Throw a Great Dinner Party

Jennifer L. Scott is the writer and editor of The Daily Connoisseur (DailyConnoisseur.com). She lives in Santa Monica, California with her eccentric husband, adorable daughters, and distinguished Chihuahua. Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris is her first book. To learn more, visit JenniferLScott.com.

How to Throw a Great Dinner PartyHost a successful dinner soiree your guests will truly savor with these easy tips from Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris.

• No matter what sort of entertaining you are doing, be a confident hostess. This is what your guests want. Even if you don’t feel confident, fake it until it comes naturally to you.

• Put an effort into your appearance.

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• Go with what you know. A simple meal that tastes good is much better than an elaborate meal with hits and misses (and is much less work).

• Remain calm in the event of a catastrophe and always maintain a sense of humor.

• Resurrect the ritual of the apéritif and adopt your own signature drink (alcoholic or non).

• If you commit a faux pas, simply laugh it off. We’ve all done it.

• Create a memorable evening by choosing the right music.

• And I’m sure you already know what this last one is going to be . . .Have fun with it! What is the point of going to all that trouble if you yourself are not going to have a good time?

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