Daphne Oz’s entertaining mantra is incredibly easy in theory, but difficult in practice: “Always be a guest at your own party.”
“People take their cues from you,” the Chew co-host and daughter of TV’s Dr. Oz tells Good Housekeeping in their October issue. “If you’re stressed out and worried about things going right, your guests are going to feel that and be anxious too.”
Oz, 30, invited Good Housekeeping to a dinner party at the home she shares with husband John Jovanovic and their two children, Philomena, 2, and son John Jr., 11 months. Guests included close friends like FEED founder Lauren Bush Lauren and chef Katie Lee.
“Cooking, eating, entertaining — food was always love for me in that way,” says the consummate hostess, who shares her thoughts on cooking and entertaining in the issue and a new cookbook, The Happy Cook.
When it comes to how Oz presents herself to her guests, the more casual, the better. “Anyone who knows me knows I like to be barefoot—I like to be comfortable,” Oz says. “I think that entertaining in your house gives people a way to see you in your element, to get a sense of how you like to eat in your own home, how you like to cook, how you like to relax.”
Another trick the cooking guru has up her sleeve for a stress-free soiree: “Only make recipes you’ve made many times before so you’re guaranteed a success,” Oz says.
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And don’t forget to establish the mood. Although Oz likes a little sampling of Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones while she’s whipping up dishes in the kitchen, she prefers a more “upbeat but mellow,” combination of Hot Chip, Chet Faker and Bob Marley for the party itself.
“I also love Spotify compilations like Ibiza Chill and Cafe del Mar,” she adds. “I call it ‘boat music’ because it’s relaxing but fun — that’s the vibe a dinner party should have.”
For more on Oz and her home — including her tactics for no-fail family dinners — pick up this issue of Good Housekeeping.