Dinner parties are the best time to catch up with friends over wine, good music, and a delicious meal. Dinner parties can be a way of celebrating the big move that you made in life maybe for getting a new job, moving to a new city or engagements. A dinner party is a way that you can get the friends dressed up fancy for dinner. The other good thing about dinner parties is that they are an excellent excuse for having a party to relax from busy scheduled weeks. Whatever the reason, you need to make sure that the next dinner party that you host will be memorable for you and the people invited. If you have been scared of hosting a dinner party, the below tips will be of help to host the best dinner party with friends.
Don’t try new recipes
Once you have decided on the group of people to invite, it’s easy to be swept away to try new recipes. One thing that will ruin your dinner party fast is trying a new recipe only for it not to work out. Also, the new recipe can take longer than you anticipate to prepare. Unfamiliar recipes will just cause you to have more work and create stress that’s unnecessary and at the end of the day, the party will not be so enjoyable for you. A recipe that you have already tried before will be less stressful, and that will make you have more fun because you are relaxed.
Offer just enough appetizers
You don’t want your guest to starve while waiting for the meal. The other thing that you don’t want is for the guests to be fully stuffed with the appetizers, not leaving enough space for the main course that you worked so hard to prepare. Avoid snack foods because it will not be easy to control the servings. Choose an appetizer that you will be able to count how many servings each person gets to control the portion intake.
Know your guest
Knowing the guest is important because you will know in advance if there is someone that is gluten sensitive, or a vegetarian. It will be helpful so that not to find out about such problem when placing the plates on the table. The way to go about the situation is making sure that you have something for everyone because as much as we know our friends, there might be the guest that gets us off guard. Don’t hesitate to ask if there is anything that you should be aware of when preparing the dinner party.
Ask for help from a friend or family member
For a dinner party to be successful, then it needs time, effort and planning. Having to do it alone is not a good idea, especially if you have a family member or friend willing to help. Some friends are good when it comes to preparing a dinner party you can ask for their help or tips on how they go about the whole process. Some of the guests will be ready to bring some of the foods or wines that will of help in relieving the stress of cooking everything.
The table should be set the day before
Setting the table the day before will save a lot on time, and it will be helpful because you will know if you have everything needed. If you are having a themed party setting the table the day before will give you just enough time to set the table and the surrounding in the right mood. Doing the whole thing the day before will be fun for you, and if anything is missing, there will be enough time to pick it up. When setting the table make good use of the colored napkins and flowers to decorate the table.
Have enough time
Having enough time will allow you to have everything ready before the guests arrive. If the guests are expected to reach at 6 o’clock, then you should start preparing the dinner five hours before the time. That will be enough time to cook the meal and solve any surprises that may occur along the way.
Having a dinner party does not always mean that you have to be stressed, with a little bit of planning, time, and patience as mentioned above you can have a good time. Make the dinner party one that is memorable by following the above tips, and the guest will be eagerly waiting for the day you host the next dinner party.