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How to Throw a Great Dinner Party

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.

• 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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