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How To Throw The Perfect Dinner Party... It's Easier Than You Think

If there is one thing the Portuguese do well, it is entertaining. Food, of course, plays a huge role in that statement. I love to entertain. I hold dinner parties for friends a few times a month. Friends have told me they simply are afraid to entertain, stating they can't cook or that their flat is too small. That is non-sense. You should never use that excuse to get out of having friends over.

My dinner parties are always elegant, relaxed and effortless...or so they seem.

I am going to give you my best tips, including a foolproof recipe, on how you can get that Portuguese cool, domestic goddess vibe, even if you've never tried. I promise you will bask in the glow for weeks. Make sure you read this weekend's follow up post for the recipe.

I have always been a natural at hosting. I had my first dinner party at 17 and have done them ever since. Oddly, my love of entertaining, didn't come from my mother.

It was my beaut