Actor, author, and designer Bryan Batt shares six dinner party rules for an ovation-worthy gathering.
- DO put all the lights on dimmers. Ambient lighting is more affordable and far less painful than plastic surgery!
- DON’T arrive too early or too late. And never follow Heidi Klum down a red carpet.
- DO offer a festive “mocktail” for the designated drivers, mamas-in-the-making, and other souls not imbibing.
- DON’T sweat the small stuff. Relax and have fun hosting because even the best actors and actresses can’t hide stress.
- DO what you do best, and outsource the rest. To put it bluntly, if you’re not a cook, then cater.
- DON’T cry over spilled milk. Or red wine. Think of a stain as a “parting gift” from a guest who had a really good time.
“It’s a party, not a production! Don’t attempt to impress your guests—simply aim to inspire them.”—Bryan Batt