Lisa Vanderpump knows a thing or two about throwing a dinner party considering she runs two of the hottest restaurants in the country. Although the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has experienced her fair share of drama during an event, she’s dishing out tips on how to achieve the perfect summer cocktail party — without any naughty Housewives hijinks.
For instance, be cautious of your guest list. “I would never invite two people who don’t get on with each other to a sit-down dinner,” she tells People. “But at a cocktail party you can put them at opposite ends of the room.” And if your guest list contains a varied group of people who are unfamiliar with each other, a gracious hostess should facilitate introductions. “Anytime you’re introducing people, find their common ground,” Lisa says. “Oh, so-and-so goes to this restaurant and you got here too!" or, "So-and-so’s got a big dog; aren’t you dog obsessed?” After the pleasantries are exchanged, as a host you can "walk away and get on with your business.”
As for that guest who has had a few too many, you’re completely within your right to cut them off — politely, of course. “Tell them, ‘I’ve just brought you over a nice black coffee,’” she instructs. “Take their drink and say, ‘You know, I really would like to talk to you about something. Could you come over here?’ If they ask for another drink, you tell them, ‘Oh no, we’re out of that.’ Generally you just say, ‘It’s time to go.’ Luckily, in the days of Uber, it’s really easy.’”
Voila! There you have it: an effortless, classy dinner or cocktail party Beverly Hills-style. If you plan it just right, you can avoid a situation like this…