“Never Have I Ever”: How To Prep For Your First Dinner Party

Even though we like to think we’ve been there and done that, there are certain life events that even our most experienced editors have yet to encounter. In this, our ultimate style guide was born. We’ve enlisted the help of a few R29ers to bring you useful shopping tips that’ll prep your closet for every major milestone, so you’re never left saying, “What do I wear?”
"I'm not what you would call an accomplished chef. By any measure. And, that fear of the kitchen has really held me back from hostessing on any level beyond a small gathering of friends and cocktails. But, I'm an adult, and I would so delight in gathering all of my favorite people around a table for a lovely meal. Some warm lighting; fresh, totally-not-catered food; and an excuse to splurge on those fancy dishes I've been eyeing all sound great. But, then, figuring out what to wear for the occasion — something that's just as charming as my meal and well-lit space, but not too try-hard and, also, not going to get in the way when I'm trying to pour wine and ladle soup — is a fresh challenge. Hard work at every turn, really…"
—Neha Gandhi, executive editor, features
Click through for quick tips on how to get through your first dinner party — in style.

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