Nothing is worse than gathering your friends around the dinner table, only to present a lack-luster meal that nobody likes. A few years ago, I invited all of our friends over for a fun family barbecue. Unfortunately, the party was delayed because I didn't have the proper ingredients for the topping, and before I knew it kids were screaming. I want you to know what you need to do to throw a successful party so that you can kick back and enjoy yourself. It isn't always easy to play the hostess, but when you are armed with the right information, and ingredients, your get-together can be special.