Put these smart ideas to work so when it's party time all you’ll have to do is pop the champagne.
Spread Out the Refreshments
You create a festive mood by offering a beverage at the moment of arrival—as if you were greeting VIPs at an Oscar ball. Set up a station close to the entryway. It’s a good idea to have a fun pick-up snack at that point, too. Plan on having a separate wine station elsewhere, along with plenty of nonalcoholic options for designated drivers, kids and others.
If you can spare the space, place sweets on a buffet with a coffee bar. The rest of the food can be arranged on the dining table. The goal is to keep one area from getting too clogged and to encourage people to mingle.