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4 Tips For The Ultimate Dinner Party

After a long year of isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s wonderful to be able to welcome friends and family at home again. While the summertime presented a wonderful opportunity for outdoor gatherings and barbeques, we’ve hit winter now and it’s time to move indoors.

Dinner parties are a great excuse to invite people round in a cozy setting and catch up. Good food and good friends add up to a great experience, especially when the host is relaxed and can enjoy themselves. Here are some tips to help you set the mood.

Be Organized

The first tip to success is to be organized. Planning is the best way to ensure that any gathering goes smoothly, and a dinner party is no exception. First, decide on the guest list, the menu, and your budget. 

If you’re making all the food and drinks yourself, then pick menu items that you can make a day or so in advance. This means that, rather than spending the evening running around cooking everything and neglecting your guests, you can relax and be an attentive host. If you play your cards right, you can also save on washing up this way.

Ensure that your guests RSVP, so you know how many people will be attending. Ask everyone about any dietary restrictions or allergies, so everyone can be accommodated. Also, let them know what kind of tone you’re planing. Dinner parties can range from casual affairs to something far more formal, so it’s kind to let your guests know. 

Consider a Caterer

While cooking for a dinner party is an achievement, not everyone enjoys cooking. That doesn’t mean that you can’t host a dinner party, or that you have to struggle through in the kitchen. There’s nothing wrong with hiring a caterer. You’ll have less clean-up, as well.

You can pick what kind of caterer you want, as some specialize in certain cuisines. So, you can go the fine dining route or pick something more casual. If you miss the summer barbeques, you can even get BBQ Catering to provide a feast.

Caterers are generally the best option if you’re hosting a large gathering, but many services accommodate smaller orders as well. 

The Entertainment

While the food is the centerpiece of your dinner party, your guests will also want to be entertained. For many gatherings, this is as simple as some background music and brilliant conversation. However, you may wish for other activities.

For example, dinner party games are a great way to get everyone involved. You can either bring the game into the forefront by theming the dinner party around a murder mystery, or simply have a few small games ready in case things get quiet. 

Enjoy Yourself

One of the most important tricks to hosting a dinner party is to make sure that you enjoy yourself. Getting stressed out and anxious about the little things will only make it harder to host another party. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and make sure that you spend at least some time with your guests.

 

Edel Alon
Edel Alonhttp://edelalon.com
Edel-Ryan Alon is a starving musician, failed artist, connoisseur of fine foods, aspiring entrepreneur, husband, father of two, geek by day, cook by night, and an all around great guy.
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