MindBodyGreen asked me for some entertaining tips and I was happy to share some of my surefire tricks to make any dinner party healthy, fun, and stress-free. Here they are:
1. Do as much as you can the day before.
Start with any prep, especially cooking, the day (or days) before your dinner party. This is my golden rule, and many of the recipes in my book can be made this way.
2. Decorate with orchids.
They last much longer than most flowers and naturally clean the air in your home.
3. Explore your local farmers' market.
Get your vegetables at a local farmers' market and look for interesting finds like edible flowers and micro-greens to top off your dishes. Tip: If you get to the market before closing, vendors often start making deals because they’d rather sell it cheap than take it home.
4. Set the mood with music and games.
Have games or brain teasers out on the coffee table ... it gives new friends and shy guests a way to get into the conversation and get the party rolling!