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Welcome to our one-stop resource for your entertaining questions, quandaries and helpful hints. We know how stressful the entire process can be, but our goal is to do as much of the work for you as possible — we’d rather you spend most of your time enjoying yourself and the company you’ve invited into your home.

If you purchased our Gilded Fork: Entertaining at Home Cookbook, you have 13 menus to choose from, so that’s a good place to start. Now there are some details to be dealt with, so we’ve compiled our favorite how-to articles and printouts to help:

Planning 101: The Power of the List – A little Type-A goes a long way
The Magic of Ambience – A how-to for decor, from table displays to music and lighting
The Good Host: Grace Under Fire – How to pull it all together without tearing your hair out

OK, so we like lists. Our reasoning behind this little bit of Type-A behavior is that once it’s on paper, it’s out of your crowded brain and less likely to be forgotten (and overwhelming). Here are some we love:

Household List
Shopping List
Master Calendar

Now all you need to do is get to it! If you want to riff on our menus a bit, feel free to peruse our full list of recipes for some ideas, as well as a great list of cocktails including wine, liquor and non-alcoholic varieties.

If you have questions, please feel free to post them below and we’ll do our best to answer you quickly. You can also find us on Twitter (Jennifer and Chef Mark), where we are often doling out tips, recipes and other tasty suggestions. We’ll continue adding to this entertaining page as we find new items for you, but for now we think this is a great starter kit. Into the kitchen!

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The Magic of Ambience

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