Remember: You are not responsible for your friends’ fun, but you are responsible for making them feel as relaxed and welcome as possible. Be sure to say hi and chat to everyone and, if you’re hosting different friend groups, introduce those with common interests—like the two Beyoncé stans or your friends who geek out every time there’s a new Supreme drop.
There’s no such thing as too much food or booze. When it comes to wine, serve your fanciest stuff first—there’s no need to waste that Châteauneuf-du-Pape on your friends’ drunk palates. BEST BETS: For white wine, Chenin Blanc from South Africa, Sauvignon Blanc or Assyrtiko. For reds, try either a Tempranillo from Spain, a Chilean Carménère or an Argentinian Malbec. Or mix it up. “It’s nice to have a few interesting bottles as the night progresses—try some grapes you can’t pronounce, like an Austrian Blaufränkisch,” say the Grape Witches. “We love concluding a night with a plate of cheese and a bottle of sherry or a weird sweet wine we find on the shelves.”
Stop cleaning up already. That can wait until morning. The key here is to spend quality time with your guests, not the dishwasher.
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