I think it makes a HUGE difference. Invite everyone over and start drinking. After a couple hours if the food you cook isn’t perfect… no one knows… in fact, they will all tell you it’s the best _______ they have ever had.
Have you ever cooked meal that you weren’t familiar with for a crowd? You know what I’m sayin… It took too long to cook. You thought it was too salty or too done or raw… and yet… the slightly intoxicated friends and family nearly inhale all the food and tell you it was AWSOME!