In this day and age, Colin says people don't entertain as often as they used to because they think it's too time-consuming. Not so, he says. "We're all holding down two, three jobs, working 18 hours a day," he says. "The savvy entertainer today is the resourceful entertainer."
Don't spend all day cooking—Colin urges hosts to head to the corner store for pre-packaged salads and other time savers. "You get no medals for chopping, slicing, dicing, peeling and doing it from scratch," he says.
The rewards are well worth the effort. "There are few things that make a life worth celebrating," he says. "Good food, good wine, good people."