For me, nervousness over how a recipe is going to turn out is my biggest entertaining anxiety. I've been wooed before by a mouthwatering recipe from the latest Bon Appétit, only to be wringing my hands fifteen minutes before guests arrive when it's not turning out quite as expected. For this reason, I totally agree with Leela's #1 tip to make recipes that you've made at least once before.
I also think it helps to only invite people who you know well and don't intimidate you - at least until you get over your entertaining anxieties. Save the future in-laws for another time; best friends will never judge if we end up ordering pizza!
Here are some other great tips we've learned over the years:
What are your very best tips for stress-free entertaining?
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