Published On:Thursday, February 14, 2013
Are you thinking about hosting a dinner party in your home? It can be a great way to get friends together and enjoy some good food, but for the organiser, it can sometimes be more than just a little bit stressful.
Let’s take a look at some top tips for hosting the perfect dinner party, to help your evening go as smoothly as possible.
Invite guests with similar interests
You might love all of your friends, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll all get on with each other! Think carefully about who you’ll invite and try to aim for a good selection of people who might have some similar interests. It’ll help to break the ice and get your night off to the best possible start.
Find out if your guests have any dietary requirements
Even if you think that you know someone really well, they may a dietary requirement that you don’t know about. For example, they might be allergic to nuts or shellfish, or there may be some foods that they simply don’t like. To avoid any last minute surprises, make sure that you ask your guests in advance about what they do and don’t eat.
Choose a menu that doesn’t require you to spend all night in the kitchen
You want to impress your guests, but don’t think that you have to pick dishes that are overly complicated and will require you to spend all night in the kitchen. After all, the main reason why your guests came is to spend time with you. Keep things simple and if possible, go for meals that can be prepared in advance. For example, you might decide to prepare
Ensure you have all the correct kitchenware and crockery
If you’re used to just cooking for a few people, you might not have all of the kitchenware and crockery that you need for a dinner party. In addition, there might be some special occasion items that you don’t have in your home, such as crystal champagne flutes. Do a quick audit of your kitchen and make a note of anything that you might need to buy in advance.
Organise some entertainment
You don’t need to arrange a full band to turn up in your house to keep your guests entertained, but it’s worthwhile having something up your sleeve for making the night go with a bang. For example, you might want to play a board game after dinner, or have an icebreaker game at the beginning of the evening to get things going.
The most important thing when it comes to dinner parties is preparation. If you can plan as much as you can in advance, you can relax at your party and enjoy the company of your guests.
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