If you’re going to have people over for dinner on a week night, they are usually pretty close friends and those who you don’t have to be formal for.
They key here is prep ahead the night before.
When cooking for a bunch of girls, you can usually get away with chicken breast–simple and easy. I washed them with vinegar, cut in half lengthwise. I use plastic wrap and pound them a bit with the back of a heavy serving spoon.
If you want to be fancy, you can set the table too. Buffet style is easier and may be a better option if you run out of time.
Family style eating is also easier, I lay out the serving dishes I will be using and also have a drink area so the are easily accessible. Finish your prep with an empty dishwasher and sink.
Now the prep is done.