Impress your family with a tasty -- but casual -- three-course chicken dinner. Feeling a bit more festive? With nearly the same ingredients, invite over friends and try this dressed-up Weeknight Dinner Party instead.
tips + how-tos
SET THE SCENE
set the scene
A Touch of Glass
No need to buy votive candleholders: Just grab juice glasses instead. Arrange the tealights in a line along a mantel or down your table for instant mood lighting. Avoid scented candles -- they'll compete with the delicious smell of your meal.
Dress up grocery-store flowers with leftover herbs; we used sprigs of rosemary and thyme. Cut the flower stems short -- about the same length as the herbs -- so your guests will be able to see each other over the centerpiece.