The First 'Wives Club's Assistant Editor distills all the 'Wife wisdom from Episode 9.

May 2, 2011

Just when you thought Beverly Hills' "Dinner Party from Hell" couldn't be topped, the original California girls stepped up the dinner party drama. What didn't go wrong? Guests were late, there were no shows and unexpected guests, tears were shed, barbs were exchanged, and there was some serious drunken dancing. But hey, at least Susan Feniger's food looked delicious! Are there any lessons we can take away from the ladies this week? Contrary to what you might think, yes. Among all the party fouls there are some valuable takeaways.

Hosting a Party

Peggy and Micah really managed to be amazing hosts throughout a dinner fraught with uncomfortable situations. Here are the Tanous' top three tips for alleviating the stress of hosting and keeping a sinking ship afloat:

No. 3 – Magic! Nothing distracts your guests from the other craziness that may be going on at your party like some card tricks. 

No. 2 – If one of your guests is in distress, just bring them a bottle of Patron. That's what Micah and Peggy considered doing when Alexis was still M.I.A. 

No. 1 – When all else fails… just drink until you're no longer concerned about what's happening!