How to Throw a Party

Whether you’re planning an Oscar party or a low-key evening for four, consider a few stress-busting, clock-conquering dos and don’ts from House Beautiful:

1. If it can be done the day before, do it. Create your music playlist, set the table, and freeze your candles so they will drip less.

2. Start the night with an empty dishwasher.

3. There’s nothing wrong with takeout served on “the good dishes.” Even potato chips look good in crystal bowls.

4. Clear the plates too soon, and you may clear the room as well.

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