She’s the first person you turn to when you have a stain you can’t get out or a recipe that’s just not working out—yep, Grandma has lived and learned and mastered it all. So it should come as no surprise that our grandmothers really do know best when it comes to throwing parties. We asked nine real women for the top tips passed down to them from the matriarchs of their families. Here’s what they had to say.
“My grandma always wrote down what she served so that she wouldn’t serve the same thing too often. It also helped her remember exactly what she made for particularly good parties if she wanted to reference them later. She did this with her sewing group for 50 years!” – from Alexia’s grandma Torborg
“Homemade bread is easier than it looks and is guaranteed to make your house smell amazing and so welcoming.” – from Lindsay’s grandma Anne
“On the other hand, my other, much spunkier, grandma told me no one will ever be able to tell it’s actually rotisserie chicken, so just lie about it.” – from Lindsay’s other grandma, Alice