Published on December 18, 2015

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The Cut polled all your favorite ladies on what they think makes a perfect party, which resulted in some seriously valuable advice. Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham share silly anecdotes, Gwyneth Paltrow admits the first time she cooked (pre-Goop days, of course) she made everyone throw up, and heavy hitters like Oprah and Martha Stewart give their two cents, too. Our biggest take aways? Avoid shoes, try not to stress, and serve lots of liquor.

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Click over to The Cut to read all 25 women’s advice.