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Entertaining at home is kind of like exercise: you’re so happy that you did it, but that doesn’t stop you from dreading it the next time around. Who should you invite? What should you serve? Will you ever find a playlist that won't unexpectedly veer into gangster rap or Kidzbop?&nbsp;<br><br>In this episode we discuss ways to take the stress out of having people over:<ul><li>lowering your standards (okay, easier said than done, but give it a shot)</li><li>sticking with what works- nail down a few go-to dishes, and then make them every time</li><li>having buffets instead of sit-down dinners</li><li>hosting potlucks (although Amy claims these can actually be *more* work for the host)</li><li>figuring out what music you’re going to play before the doorbell ringsAnd here’s some useful links for more ideas- and more reassurance:</li></ul><br><br>The Simple Dollar: <a href="https://www.thesimpledollar.com/how-to-organize-a-cost-effective-and-fun-dinner-party/">How to Organize a Cost-Effective and Fun Dinner Party<br></a><br>Laura Gaskill for Forbes: <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/houzz/2015/01/29/8-stress-busting-tips-for-hosting-small-gatherings/#2eb8fd101aff">8 Stress-Busting Tips For Hosting Small Gatherings <br></a><br>Nancy Mitchell for Apartment Therapy: <a href="https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/why-doesnt-anyone-have-parties-anymore-224254">Why Doesn’t Anyone Have Parties Anymore? <br></a><br>Teddy Wayne for NYT: <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/17/fashion/death-of-the-party.html">The Death of the Party<br></a><br>GfK: <a href="https://www.gfk.com/en-us/insights/press-release/half-of-americans-entertain-guests-in-their-homes-at-least-once-a-month/">Half of Americans entertain guests in their homes at least once a month<br></a><br>Isadora Allman for Psychology Today: <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sex-sociability/201104/entertaining-and-being-entertained">On Entertaining and Being Entertained<br></a><br>Tony Naylor for The Guardian: <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/mar/28/new-rules-dinner-party-ditch-napkins-take-cool-bag">The new rules of dinner parties: don't be on time – and bring more booze than you need<br></a><br>Having people over is always worth the effort. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the potluck!<br><br><a href="http://Search Results Web results Kelsey Chance (@kchance8) | Unsplash Photo Community"><em>Photo by Kelsey Chance on Unsplash<br></em></a><br><br><br><br><br>