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Busy? Yeah tell us about it. And in an unfortunate Catch 22, our favorite antidote to that problem, dinner with friends and family, is also the cause of additional stress. If you'd love to throw a great dinner party but never seem to have enough time, take some inspiration from one of the busiest human beings we know, R29 creative director Piera Gelardi, who somehow manages to work twelve hours a day and still make home-cooked meals that turn into epic evening ragers.
I am notorious for running out of the office at the very last second before a dinner party. "I gotta run, I have guests coming over in 45!" People are confused... "How are you going to get it all done? Have you shopped yet?" My answer: "Nope!"
Hence, my cheat sheet to busy-girl entertaining. While I love to cook and source great local ingredients, make handmade pasta, etc. etc., the reality is that I have a crazy schedule (as I'm sure you do, too), and usually don't have time to go to such great lengths. But, I never want that to stop me from having friends and family over to share a meal at the last minute. So, here's my guide to entertaining well without spending a lot of time. No planning ahead, no sous chef, no Gwyneth Paltrow on speed dial… no stress required!
Photographed by Lianna Tarantin