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My foolproof formula for entertaining.

Whether you are cooking for 10 or 100 or 1000.

#3: Easy Effortless Entertaining

I share my foolproof formula for entertaining. The tricks + tips I use every single time I host. A game plan to keep it simple and stress-free. Whether you’re cooking for 10 or 100 or 1000. Inviting friends over shouldn’t send you into a panic.

In this episode, I share all the tricks and tips I use every single time I have guests over. This game plan will show you how to keep it simple and stress-free. 

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Inviting friends over should not send you into a flat-out panic. Celebrating special moments, sharing conversations, and enjoying a meal with those we love is one of life’s greatest treasures.

You don’t want to miss the party by being in the kitchen, the whole time.

My goal is to help you get organized, so you can be present with your guests.I want you to soak up all the praise when your friends tell you how beautiful the table looks and how delicious the food is. These compliments make all the effort worthwhile.

It’s been a crazy year I think all of us are starved toast and have friends over. I hope my game plan helps you take the stress out of entertaining. Going forward, I want hosting to become something effortless and easy to do.

And don’t forget to tag me @themelissamayo. I can’t wait to see the incredible feasts that you put together.

Happy cooking and entertaining my angel xxx MM


  • 00:40 – My cooking journey
  • 04:38 – Feeding a crowd
  • 6:26 – Creating a menu and theme
  • 07:42 – Print up recipes and make lists
  • 09:00 – The big shop 
  • 10:30 – Set the table 
  • 13:10 – Prep ahead 
  • 14:20 – The day before  
  • 15:56 – The day of the event
  • 17:55 – Work systematically 
  • 18:07 – 1 hour before
  • 19:08 – Pamper yourself
  • 19:40 – Party time
  • 21:22 – It’s a wrap
  • 26:28 – Cook clean


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I'm Melissa, your host & tour guide.

A Food Network chef, author, mamma, eternal optimist, wannabe-mermaid, spice mixologist, and “dough therapist” (yep, it’s a thing)—

I'm also the founder of Susina Cucina, the gorgeous, Italian cooking school I manifested into my reality. I’m obsessed with Aperol spritzes, travel, and mouthwatering food… especially pizza and pasta.

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