8 Serve the salad after the main course.
Here’s my recommendation on the best order of presentation
for an elegant, non-fussy, multi-course dinner: simple appetizer or
fresh baked bread, main course, salad, dessert. The reason for serving
the salad afterwards is simple: it’s too easy to fill up on a salad
and appetizer … your guests will be too full to adequately appreciate
all the effort you’ve put into the entrée. And if you need another
reason to stray from the usual: it’s how they do it in Europe, so it
adds that extra chi-chi touch.
9 Skip the fancy baked dessert.
At this point in the meal, you’ve impressed your guests enough
with your exquisite culinary creations. Give yourself a break and go
with a low-prep/no-prep dessert. Ice cream, sorbet, fresh fruit &
whipped cream, a nice dessert liqueur even – these are all delectable
and elegant sweets that require virtually no effort on your part. If you
want to be fancy, you can always get a little creative with the
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Obvious though it may be, the one key essential is that you remember
that this is supposed to be fun. You might spill red wine on your pants
just as the guests are walking in through the door, your pasta might not
be quite al dente, your sauce may turn out a tad too soupy, but in the
end, these are all minor details that’ll only spoil the evening if you
let them get to you. Smile, relax, and enjoy the party!