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While there’s nothing more civilized than a chic dinner party at your place, if the idea of cooking and entertaining gives you heart palpitations, we’ve got your back. We’ve asked Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere—L.A.’s coolest blog that covers everything from personal style, interior design, and yes, recipes and entertaining—to dish on the ultimate tricks of the trade for a simple and sophisticated at-home affair. From idiot-proof serving pointers to easy decoration ideas that won’t leave you broke or exhausted, these entertainment tips will ensure you have the best dinner party ever.