• At the time they accept your invitation, ask your guests if anyone has any food sensitivities or “rather-not-eats.”
• Don’t be afraid to be creative - mismatching plates, napkins, and placemats is fun, as is drinking from jam jars, serving an entire meal of purchased finger foods, having Christmas in July, etc.
Ron is my second dishwasher, jumping in to hand-wash large pots and anything dirty I need right away, helping me maintain an efficiently clean work space as well as clearing the kitchen sink. If you can possibly manage to have an empty dishwasher when your guests arrive, you’ll be well ahead of the game when they depart.
I never let guests do the dishes, even when they offer. This is their night out, and their night to relax. Nothing should detract from that!