Here are all the things you'll need to host an unforgettable cooking party:
Invitations: You can have fun with the invitations by attaching recipe cards that your guests can detach and use at home after the party.
Ingredients: Shop the day before or on the morning of the party (you don't want your lettuce to wilt and your fish to start stinking) so your fridge and pantry are stocked with all of the ingredients you'll need for your party. Prep the food as much as possible, cutting up veggies and dividing up spices ahead of time so your guests won't have to waste valuable cooking time doing prep work.
Snacks: It's hard to cook when you're starving. Set out a tray of munchies, which can include veggies and dip or hummus and chips for your guests to snack on until their own dishes are finished.
Tools: Assemble all of the pots, pans, and other cooking utensils you'll need. Make sure you have enough cooking tools, as well as plates, glasses and silverware for each guest.
Party favors: Send your guests home with a cooking- or food-themed memento of your party -- such as a placemat, apron or wine glass with the guest's name hand-drawn on it. You can also print out the recipes that you've made during the party so your guests can try them at home.