Entertaining expert Diane Phillips shares 6 do-ahead tricks so you can host and plan a party perfectly.
Diane Phillips knows how to throw a terrific, stress-free holiday party. "The key to a great party is a relaxed host," she explains. How to be a happy host? "Do as much prep ahead of time as you can." Phillips should know. She’s catered, taught hundreds of do-ahead cooking classes and she’s written the book on it—actually several: she is the author of Happy Holidays from the Diva of Do-Ahead, the James Beard Award-nominated Perfect Party Food and others. If holiday entertaining makes you feel frazzled, don’t fear: the Diva of Do-Ahead is here with a few of her foolproof tips. —Gretel H. Schueller