"Our three favorite party elements are good silver, great serving platters and a freshly ironed tablecloth," Ms. Boland said. "Accumulating a good collection of platters and candles allows you to be creative with party planning on a whim. You can just pick up flowers on the way home from work, and everything else you need is already at home."
"It's generally not a good idea to place food and drink in the kitchen, especially if someone is still doing meal prep," Ms. Boland said. "You can put the bar and food on a sideboard or perhaps a kitchen island if it's not in the way. You should place food for a buffet on both sides of the dining table to eliminate lines."