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Even if you’ve been hosting holiday parties for decades, that annual weekend party or home date can be one of the most stressful things you do. Instead, take the pressure out of entertaining with these tips to help you entertain your guests or significant other like a pro.

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Don’t spend all night in the kitchen

The operative word is entertaining. You can’t do that if you’re in the kitchen the entire time. Select cocktails, food, and treats that can be done almost entirely ahead of time. If you have some light cooking left when guests do arrive, encourage them to join you in the kitchen. Everyone loves to hang out around the kitchen while the cooking is happening.

Do not take on too much

One or two great ideas that you can pull off are always better than 15 that don’t come together. If all else fails, serve a simple meal in a blanket. So, it important that you are flexible to accommodate uncertainties.

Encourage mingling

Scrap the formal dinner. Instead, opt for an informal setting with small plates and desserts. This way, guests can eat as much or as little as they’d like, and guests can mingle rather than be limited to talking with whoever is at their end of the table.

Create the right atmosphere

Nothing says romance more than flickering candle-light and soft music playing gently. It’s definitely worth taking the time to create a calm and romantic atmosphere, especially if you want your date to see another side of you.

Give directions

Nobody likes getting lost so, whether your date is driving, taking a taxi or getting the bus or train, make sure you’ve given them clear instructions about where you actually live. if you live down a mile, then try to make sure it’s lit, or there are signs. Also, we recommend that he or she let someone know where they are going, just for their safety and peace of mind.

Prep in advance

Things always take longer than you think they will. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to prepare the house, cook the food and have a shower, dress well and sort out your hair. There’s nothing worse than your date arriving before you or your food are ready.

Be welcoming

Let your date know how happy you are to have them with you by opening the door with a big smile on your face. Invite them in and offer them a drink – make sure alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices are available. Ask them if they are comfortable, and then start to chat about their day to help put them at ease.

By Damilola Faustino

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