how to throw a dinner party...

woman with turkey

If this recession's got you down on going out, try entertaining at home for a change. Dinner parties are a fun and chic way to get together with new friends, stay in touch with old ones and show off just how classy and sophisticated you've become since your dorm days of stale beer and Ramen Noodle casserole.

My roommates and I aren't big partiers, so we tend to have people over for dinner and game nights fairly often. Depending on the size of the group, keeping people entertained and keeping mess contained is an art that comes with practice. Here I have compiled some of my own sage wisdom along with tips from friends and more traditional standbys, like Martha Stewart and Betty Crocker, to teach you how to make your next dinner party a success.