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As the air turns crisp, the leaves change colors, and we all starts getting into the fall spirit, there's hardly anything more exciting than having your friends and family over for a festive, cozy dinner party.  Whether you are a master chef or the champion of take-out, a self-proclaimed Martha Stewart or even if you are a little bit design-challenged, here are a few tips to help you throw the dinner party of the season.  Your friends won't be able to stop talking about it!

Be ready for your guests to arrive.  This means no last minute scrambling in the kitchen to find the corkscrew or the serving spoons once your guests have already arrived.  Be prepared and have everything set up ahead of time to reduce the stress on you, and so you can be a guest at your own party!  


Timing is everything!  If you are preparing the night's feast, plan ahead of time how much time each dish will take to make so that nothing will be too hot or too cold, too early or too late, to the table.
Details count when you're throwing a dinner for your close friends and family.  Make cute personalized place cards for the dinner table, or take the extra time to add that golden touch to your napkins.  Whatever it is, it's the little things that count.  Your guests will never forget it!
Set the tone for your gathering.  If you are stressed, your guests will cue in on your vibe and feel stressed too.  Interact with your guests as much as possible, and set ambient music to relax the atmosphere.  


Be festive with your decorations.  Now this does not mean you have to hang pumpkin posters up on the walls, but it does mean that you can go the extra mile and decorate your table with seasonal vegetables from the farmers' market or break out the fall linens.  


Now it's your turn to make this fall dinner party a reality!  Follow these simple tips, and you will be the hostess of the season.  Your guests will be hoping for another invite!

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