There was a time when having people over meant a lot of advanced planning on my part. I cleaned, I shopped, I cooked, I added special decorating touches to the bathroom. Everything needed to be planned, polished, and perfected. From the light over the dining room table down to my toenails, it needed to shine. (I blame Martha Stewart but that's another post.) These days, I can still launch a fancy fete now and again, but more often than not, my entertaining is much simpler. And sloppier. And a lot more fun.