Rob and Sarah Schroeder offer these tips for couples who want to host dinner parties and other events with food at home:
Recognize your abilities and try to stay within them without limiting your potential.
Don't be afraid to try new ingredients and new recipes, but it's best to experiment at least the day before your guests arrive. Don't try to make all new dishes for a meal - try one or two.
Remember who you are cooking for: Most people will be forgiving, especially if you prepare something they'll enjoy.
Realize your time constraints. Don't wear yourself out so much you can't enjoy the meal or sit down with your guests.
Do as much as you can beforehand: Clean, decorate, set the table and prepare food as far in advance as possible.
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