Ask Colin: Lifestyle

 

Colin Miller

The biggest dinner party planning mistake (and how to avoid it)?

When I invite guests for eight o’clock, I want to be sure that everyone’s seated at the table by nine. Cocktails should never last longer than an hour or even forty-five minutes. Otherwise the party may drag on. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s far better to spend two hours of quality time with friends than to subject everyone to three or four hours of eating and drinking to the point where they glance at their watches and notice it’s eleven-thirty with no sign of dessert in sight. I like to approach every dinner with my friends like a theater performance: a carefully thought out story with beginning, middle, and end. There’s a sense of rhythm, which keeps up the momentum. Before anybody so much as thinks of checking their watches, the next activity is already taking place. As a host, you want to keep things moving, but never hurried. So you can also sit back, relax, and enjoy the time spent with your friends!