Having a dinner party can be really fun. You have some friends over, have some nice music in the background, make a tasty dinner and enjoy each other’s company with some wine, but there’s more to a successful dinner party than just good company. It takes some planning and a bit of effort, but with these few tips you’ll be on your way to entertaining in the best possible way without anything going wrong or feeling stressed out, what could be better?
Choose The Meal Wisely
When you’re cooking for a group of people, it’s usually best to make something tasty but also a bit universal, that way you’ll make sure that you aren’t alienating any people who might not love super exotic foods. Of course, if you know the group well and know what everyone will eat or not then make whatever you like, but typically it’s best to stay with safer dishes rather than choosing this opportunity to try new foods.
It’s also best to choose something that’s easy to make in balk. Don’t choose a menu that requires tons of different parts to it that’s going to be really stressful to make enough of each for everyone. Things like casseroles or meats with potatoes and vegetables are usually safe and easy enough options.
Along the same line as picking a wise meal choice, it’s always best to check with everyone attending ahead of time to make sure they don’t have any dietary restrictions. Whether it’s lactose intolerance, being a vegetarian or simply just really hating seafood, you’ll want to make sure you know this so you don’t make something that they can’t eat.
Plan Your Time
With many parts of a meal you can make them ahead and then simply heat them up when it’s closer to the time. Doing this kind of stuff ahead of time will make it far less stressful and give you more time to be with your guests than running around trying to finish the meal.
Don’t Be Afraid To Delegate
If someone offers to help, let them grab something out of the oven or if you’re hosting with someone, don’t be afraid to ask them to help you with stuff! Not having all the pressure on you can make a world of difference and usually your guests and friends are more than happy to offer a helping hand setting stuff up.
Set The Table The Night Before
You can do this the night before or just earlier in the day when things are less chaotic. Make sure everything is set up and everything is washed so you don’t run into any last minute disasters.
Having a dinner party can be lots of fun but you just need to plan your time efficiently and make sure you plan ahead. With these tips your dinner parties will be a big success.