4. Get Guests InvolvedProvide easy, hands-on appetizers and drinks to get the conversation flowing and save prep time. Try a DIY cocktail bar with simple recipes, a make-your-own crostini platter or cookie decorating for the kids (and kids at heart). Set up a kids station away from the cooking to protect the mini-helpers. Keep electrical cords, hot dishes and sharp utensils away from counter edges, and lock your oven with a latch or built-in lock feature. As an extra precaution, choose a range surface, such as the one seen here, that stays cool to prevent burns.