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Give Guests the No-Fail, No-Pressure Cheese Plate
It's a known fact: People who arrive early will offer to help. And that's a wonderful thing. To minimize stress on everyone involved, come up with tasks ahead of time that guests can help out with, says Amanda Hesser, cofounder of the online food community Food52. Tearing lettuce leaves, slicing a baguette, preparing a salad or a cheese plate and setting the table tend to be safe bets anyone can feel confident tackling.