Cynthia Bailey's Fool Proof Tips for Entertaining

The 'RHOA' star shares her secrets for "light, fun and easy" dinner parties.

She's got style, grace—and knows how to throw an unforgettable bash.

Cynthia Bailey loves to entertain family and friends at home with her husband Peter Thomas, and now she's sharing her tips for how you can do that same.

"My dinner parties are informal," Cynthia tells Ebony.com in a new series Life on Purpose. "I do the cooking myself. I don't have a big fancy caterer come over. I'm in the kitchen sautéing the garlic myself."

The most rewarding part of doing my dinner parties is just taking the time to appreciate my friends

Cynthia Bailey

That means picking up everyday store-bought products and dressing them up with personal flair. Salsa and chips, hummus, olives, and cheese and crackers are all Cynthia Bailey-approved. As for dinner, "I'll make garlic shrimp bow tie pasta, a green salad with fresh strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers and red onion," she says. "Light, fun and easy."

Cynthia adds that it's all about the company you keep—not necessarily over-the-top spreads. "The most rewarding part of doing my dinner parties is just taking the time to appreciate my friends, cook a meal for them, just giving my time and having my friends spend time with me," she says. "My friends and family add me to my life because that's what life is all about. What's the point of working....if you don't have anyone to enjoy it with?"

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