If you love to entertain people, you have a home you enjoy entertaining in, and you like to cook, then it’s inevitable that, at some point, you are going to decide to host a dinner party. Hosting a dinner party is a terrific way to get your friends and family together in one place and really get a chance to talk to them – it gives you time to slow down and enjoy their company, even if you’re the one doing the cooking and hosting.
If you like the thought of hosting a dinner party, but you don’t know where to start, or you’ve hosted one before that just felt incredibly stressful and not fun at all, then read on for some useful tips.
One of the ultimate keys to hosting a successful dinner party (one that you enjoy as much as your friends) is being prepared. One thing that you should do is ensure your dishwasher is empty before you begin, for example. That way, you can load it as you go along. You will be able to keep your kitchen as tidy and clean as possible, plus it’s a job you would have had to do later on anyway, so you’ll be ahead of time – at the end of the party when everyone has gone, you’ll be glad you don’t have another job to do.
You can also make sure you empty the bins and take the trash out before everyone arrives. You’ll have room for anything that needs to be thrown out, including the leftover food from when you are preparing dishes.
If you want to be stress-free, you need to prepare as much of your meal in advance as you can. You will be able to spend much more time with your guests, and you won’t be rushing about trying to get everything under control. When you are choosing dishes to create, don’t just pick them because you think they will be tasty; pick them because you can prepare most of it in advance. It may mean an afternoon full of prep, but then you can go and get changed and simply heat things through or do minimal cooking to get everything ready.
Speaking of getting dressed, it’s a good idea to wear something comfortable as well as stylish. A lovely bralette and a dress that you can easily move around in will look just as good as an outfit that is fashionable yet impractical. Remember, you are going to be clearing dishes, serving food, and cooking, so you need to take this into consideration when choosing your clothing.
Set the Table
Don’t forget to set the table when you are preparing for your dinner party. You do not have to spend a lot of money doing this; you can buy and use a plain white tablecloth, for example, and embellish it with flowers or other decorations. Don’t worry too much about making your table perfect if this is not your forte, it’s far better for people to be comfortable in your home than worry about knocking something over, so working on a ‘less is more’ principle when decorating your table often works best.