HOW MANY PEOPLE SHOULD I INVITE?
I generally like to keep numbers below 10 but sometimes this is impossible. For a seated dinner I would not exceed more than 20 people.
TO COOK OR TO CATER?
I only serve homemade meals; no catering unless it is a party for more than 50 guests.
IS ASSIGNED SEATING REALLY NECESSARY?
Personally, I feel buffet dinners are better during the summer. But if you have quite a few newcomers, it is essential to do a seating plan so you as a host can manage the mingling. I always split couples!
WHAT’S THE BEST ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL COCKTAIL?
During summer, I like serving an Aperol Spritz. Or a good old Gin and Tonic.
HOW TO TACKLE FOOD ALLERGIES?
I usually ask in advance (but I tend to only respond to real allergies, not to the intolerances trending at the moment).
WHAT’S THE ULTIMATE CROWD-PLEASER?
WHERE’S THE BEST PLACE TO POSITION THE DESSERT SPOON?
On top of the plates, above the dessert fork and knife.
ARE PAPER NAPKINS EVER ACCEPTABLE?
No, paper napkins are for kids' parties only. Don't put them in the dryer, let them air dry and then lightly steam to preserve the softness of the linen.