Follow these steps and you'll be ready for your guests in three hours or less. To download a complete shopping list, go to the Stress Less Dinner Party Shopping List.
3 Hours Before Dinner
- Make room for coats in a closet or on a bed.
- Clear the coffee and side tables (stow magazines and books in a closet), and plump the pillows.
- Put out clean towels and a scented candle in the bathroom.
- Arrange the flowers (for ideas, see flowers).
- Set the table (for ideas, see table-setting and atmosphere)
2 Hours Before Dinner