In my new book, The Reluctant Entertainer, I have a page of ideas for different kinds of parties that you can hold. If you have the time and energy to put into a themed dinner party, they can be a blast! Every New Years Eve I throw a big party, and it’s a very interactive party that includes everyone. But I will admit that themed parties take a lot of time and work.

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Most of my best parties have been very simple (no theme.)

Set the Table.

Sometimes we get too hung up on themes and impressing with a theme. And that causes stress.

Why not keep it simple? Plan a simple dinner party and just make sure to keep it authentic and real, with good conversation.

What’s your favorite kind of dinner party? Do you choose to keep it simple or prefer to go all out?

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