Dinner parties do not have to be a fancy affair yet on the other hand you do not want your guests to find you half prepared. The food needs to be set, the music should be ideal and you should be looking like the host who is happy to have their guests around.
Let the Bar Beckon
For the smoothest entry, give arriving guests a clear destination. A cart or a small table done up with essentials (plus flowers and a kooky conversation piece) is a friendly oasis, and it frees you to scurry back to the kitchen if needed. Try to offer bar access from more than one side, to prevent traffic jams.