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6 Dinner Party Hacks Local Designers Swear By

Hint: Ikea linens are your friend.
Chris Plavidal
We asked local designers for their secrets for throwing a party at home.

What’s For Dinner?

The design set serves up these culinary shortcuts.

“Fill oversized ice cube trays with assorted berries, lavender, or mint for a festive cocktail or glass of iced tea.” Betty Lou Phillips

“The shrimp and prepackaged cocktail sauce from Central Market is a total hit.” Doniphan Moore

“A trick I’ve used is buying individual pot pies from Boston Market and serve them with a simple salad.” Joe Minton

“I like to pick up Zoë’s Kitchen’s hummus, drizzle with a good olive oil, and serve with toasted pine nuts.” Carrie Hatfield

“I love the rotisserie chicken from El Pollo Regio. People go crazy, because it’s so delish!” Michelle Nussbaumer

“Market Street has a wonderful broccoli coleslaw salad, and their mac ‘n’ cheese is one of my favorites.” Tiffany McKinzie