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According to Art, if you're cooking for a crowd, ditch the sit-down dinner. It's just not a very welcoming way to entertain (unless the occasion is formal, and you have help). "Serving family-style or buffet-style is a sign of love," Art says.
Spruce up your spread by covering a table, island or buffet with colorful table runners and flower-filled vases. Candles are always a nice touch too.