Smock, posting all week long on the hows and how-nots of hosting a dinner party that includes younger folks. And we're not talking about ordering pizza and watching Shrek for the bazillionth time. Noting that "kids love anything that smacks of fanciness" (and speculating that it even improves their manners), Amy seriously ups the entertaining game. Fortunately, her tips actually seem do-able and not at all scary. In her first post, Amy suggests the right size for a dinner party gathering (no more than 10-14 people) and throws us some great tips, such as having a pack 'n' play set up in a quiet area. In her second post in the series, she gives some fabulous suggestions on how to get your own children involved in party planning and preparation. Some of our favorite ideas: getting them to design invitations, create individual placemats, and plan a "kid" activity. Now we're all fired up to throw a few parties... and lucky us, we have three family birthdays coming up in the next two months. We can't wait to read Amy's next instalments!