The biggest problem for me with dinner parties is timing . I prefer to have everything either done or cooking when guests come, so I can relax and enjoy a drink and appetizers with them. Because we have a breakfast area connected directly to the kitchen, my husband sees no problem with doing the majority of cooking with company there. We can talk to them as we work (bump into each other, drop things, trip over the cats, etc.). Does your book have a timing orientation? Do most of the dinners allow for time with guests or do they require attention right up to service?