10 Dinner Party Shortcuts From the Pros

dinner partyYou want your upcoming event to be the best one ever. And that perfectionism means that you'll put a lot of thought into every aspect of the day: What will I serve? How will I serve it? Do my guests have dietary restrictions? How much time do I need to prepare? Where will I put everyone? I need to go to the grocery store!

Oh, and let's not forget the pressure to be memorable.

But you don't have to let it all get to you. From using frozen berries for ice cubes to fashioning cake stands from teacups, these 10 entertaining hacks—taken directly from the pros—will add extra creativity to your event without the extra work.

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  • Suzi

    There are some great party ideas here, but the title of the article is misleading. These tips are not all shortcuts. In fact, some would take longer to prepare than what many people would traditionally want to undertake (e.g., the individual plants with guest’s names on them that they can bring home as a party favor). Running to the store to purchase mini-plants and adorning them with name placards is not my idea of a shortcut! It was a cute idea, though! Whoever titles the articles should take a deeper look at the content as I have noticed this issue on Learnvest numerous times.

    • Marie

      I don’t get why you would want to send your guests home with a “party favor” to begin with. Your gift is hosting the dinner, no?

      • Becky

        Exactly! I was brought up with the manners to bring the Host/ess a gift ;-)