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Entertaining Confidential: How to Throw a Summer Fete for Every Occasion

Warm summertime nights are a perk of the season and prime for entertaining. Whether you’re craving a backyard barbeque or an intimate dinner party, we’re showing you the ropes so you can pull it off like an entertaining veteran.

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A Couples Dinner Party

The VIP List:
Your couple BFFs and that couple you and your mate have been wanting to break bread with.

The Potential Party Poopers:
That “keeping up with the Joneses” couple who always try to trump everyone else’s accomplishments, comments or facts. You know exactly who they are…

The Signature Drink:
Rosé! It’s the perfect accompaniment to the summer and goes with just about everything. If it’s still roasting hot outside when your guests arrive, keep an ice bucket filled with small cubes to keep the wine chilled. Scared of the stigma associated with, gasp, ice in wine? Trust us, it’s a common trend across Europe—give it a try!

The Bites:
Try cedar-plank salmon on the grill. Simply place fillets on the plank, top with herbs and lemon for an easy-to-make meal that satisfies. Keep the sides healthy with a simple green salad and pan-roasted baby potatoes (you can do this on the grill too!).

The Party Trick:
Stay around the table and pull out a cheeky game, like Taboo, to start up conversations.

The Playlist:
“Polka Dots and Moonbeams” by The Bill Evans Trio

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