Hosting a dinner party is no small feat. From finding a date that will work for everyone on your guest list, figuring out what to make, gathering ingredients and decor, and making sure everything runs smoothly you definitely have your hands full. Here are some tips to make sure that you have a night that both your guests and you can enjoy.
- Meal Prep - nothing will save you more time than prepping everything you can in advance so you’re not rushing around the morning of, or worse when your guests arrive, to get the food readyI
- Guest List - Make sure that you give guests a reasonable enough time to respond to your invitation as well as make sure you catch them before they plan something else for that night. In addition, don’t invite a group of total strangers. This can make a dinner party awkward from the start, especially if they don’t have anything in common.
- Make Something You Know How To - If you find a new recipe you like on pinterest or on the internet, test it out on your family or yourself first, before you decide to make it for a huge group of people and discover that it’s a lot more complicated than it looks. This will also save you the stress of figuring out what to do if the new recipe is unsuccessful. The day of your dinner party is not the time to figure out if you can make the perfect souffle
- Plan Ahead - triple check that you have all the ingredients ahead of time and make sure that you have extras just in case something were to happen like a spoiled egg or rotting veggies. You don’t want to be stressed out and running to the store 20 minutes before the guests are supposed to arrive only to find out they are fresh out of a key ingredient to your meal.
- Stay Relaxed - Remember that it’s not the end of the world if the party doesn’t run perfectly. Most likely you’ll be inviting a group of your close friends over, so they’re not going to care if the broccoli is slightly over salted or that you forgot to put out the right salad dressing. They came to enjoy your company, not for a 5 star meal.
- Have Appetizers - Main course taking a little longer to cook than expected? Make sure to have small appetizers for guests to munch on, this will prevent any stress for you as well as prevent any jokes about where’s the food, etc.
- Leave the Kitchen - You invited these guests, which means you genuinely like to hang out with them so make sure that you aren’t making meals that keep you in the kitchen the whole time or need to constantly checked.
- Set the Ambiance - Have the table set with candles as well as background music on. When guests arrive, tell them to help themselves to drinks right away so they don’t feel shy about asking or waiting for you to initiate. Having music on in the background can help eliminate awkward silences when the conversation lulls and generally set a better mood.
The key thing to remember when having a dinner party is that they are supposed to be fun. Your guests are there to enjoy your company. Staying cool and relaxed and planning ahead of time will help both your guests and you be able to have a good time.