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No-Stress Gourmet Buffet

These fabulous no-fail recipes ensure that you enjoy the party, too.

Table settingBob Hiemstra
Having a party doesn’t have to be panic inducing. Expert chef Kathy Gunst, author of Relax, Company’s Coming!: 150 Recipes for Stress-Free Entertaining (Simon & Schuster, $25,, suggests preparing a quick and easy gourmet buffet with simple, stunning snacks that’ll impress your guests and, better yet, leave you free to enjoy the party. “The beauty of this,” she says, “is that when the doorbell rings and the first guest arrives, you’re there!”

Charcuterie Platter

  • Sausages
  • 3 cheeses
  • Caper berries
  • Olives
  • Gherkin pickles


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