Tips for entertaining with friends

November 12, 2005|By BRITTANY BAUHAUS

Start with a purpose: Is it a special occasion or just a friendly gathering?

Sort out duties to avoid collisions: Communicate.

Before divvying up responsibilities, figure out cooking strengths of each individual -- who's best at side dishes, hor d'oeuvres, main dish and desserts.

If holding a get-together for friends, it's fine to be more restrictive on invitations and invite only friends who know each other.

Have a menu in mind and ask guests only to bring wine or beer.

Keep in mind, the more formal the occasion, the less helpful it is to share responsibilities.

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