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Party-Planning Ideas & Tips to Host a Stress-Free Party (Page 5)

For sit-down functions, set the table a day or two ahead of time, then cover with a sheet

Tip 4: Set the Table Early

For sit-down functions, set the table a day or two ahead of time, then cover with a sheet. For a grazing party, make sure the platters you will use will fit on the table. Do a dry run with empty serving platters, arranging them in a pleasing manner, then mark the spots with sticky notes. This serves two functions: you know that the serving pieces will fit and when someone asks, "May I help you with something?" you can smile and say, "Would you please put this on the table where the note is?"

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