Feb 9, 2010 10:14 AM
Face it. It's easier to get your friends to come over for a party than to talk them into going out to dinner to drop $40 each to celebrate. So, it's time to start thinking smart about being the hostess with the mostest and get your party-planning act together. True, we have no aspirations to be the next Martha (gag), but we would like to see our friends more often, so we're taking the valuable tips in Real Simple Celebrations ($19) and putting them to good use.