Celebrity Entertaining Tricks

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Celebrity Entertaining Tricks

01 of 09

Rachel Bilson

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"You don't want to overpower the food, so it's important that your flowers aren't too fragrant. Green hydrangeas are beautiful and unscented."

02 of 09

Marc Jacobs

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"I don't get fussy. When I entertain I serve roast beef or chicken, potatoes and lots of leafy greens. Straightforward food is what I like."

03 of 09

Tory Burch

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"Vodka! I offer my guests a shot of Grey Goose when they walk in the door. As a host I try not to get too uptight."

04 of 09

Isaac Mizrahi

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"Mix high and low with passion and bravery. Serve your guests mac and cheese on expensive porcelain."

05 of 09

Mindy Weiss, Event Planner

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"Don't like to cook? Takeout is totally acceptable. I like to order Chinese food, which I serve on red lacquered platters and bowls."

06 of 09

Tim Gunn

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"Dinner party don't: Serving too many cocktails and tons of hors d'oeuvres. Guests don't want to wait 90 minutes before sitting down, and conversation is better when the host keeps things moving."

07 of 09

Katie Lee

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"It's fun to have a theme. Once I told my friends to keep a vintage feeling when they chose their outfits. People really get into it!"

08 of 09

Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti, Vivre

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"Invite friends you are comfortable with and one unexpected guest who has a spicy personality. Then break the ice with a fun drink."

09 of 09

Giorgio Armani

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"When I have friends over I don't like things to be too formal. We tend to spread out around the room wherever it's most comfortable."

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