In these busy times with both women and men working at demanding jobs, there is usually little time to entertain by cooking a great meal and serving it with style. It takes time and organization, but with some planning, it can be a pleasant event and not a stressful experience.
Entertaining around a table, enjoying the guests and savoring great food and wine are relaxing and wonderful. It brings joy and a sense of accomplishment to the host and hostess.
Organization is the key to pulling off a successful dinner party, and to be able to enjoy the guests and the food. It doesn't have to break the bank or be so stressful that the fun goes out of it. Recipes can range from simple to more complicated, according to time available and the skill level of the cook. The wines can be from modest to more expensive, decorations can fit any budget.
Entertaining is a lot of fun. Always do what you feel comfortable with so that you can enjoy the party and have a good time with your company.