Perhaps the most important yet underrated ingredient in the success of a dinner party (besides wine), is the music. Steak a little dry? Let Stan Getz's sax smooth things over. Risotto past al dente? Stephane Grapelli will teach you to love again. Out of wine? Joe Pass can help, but just try not to run out of wine.
Tip: Hit shuffle on your queue player to mix up the running order!