There are hundreds of reasons why you might be hosting a dinner party. It might be a relatives birthday or family reunion. You may just want to revamp your life and socialise with friends more. Whatever the reason, it’s no secret that dinner parties are hard work and sometimes stressful.
With multiple things that could go wrong and so many people to please, it’s no wonder that many people are put off hosting them. But it is possible to host a flawless dinner party if you plan ahead and get organised. So if you want to host a dinner party but don’t want to feel stressed or anxious, use this guide to help.
Dinner Party- Practice makes perfect
If you want to cook something new and exciting for your dinner party, always take the time to practice it in advance. It’s something that sounds so simple, yet many hosts still forget to do it. Not practising will add more pressure and stress to your party, which you can undoubtedly do without. So whether you want to test out your new Butterball turkey fryer or bake an extravagant cake, practice multiple times beforehand. This will help you get the best result possible to present to your guests. Use your calendar to schedule in at least three practice tries before the night of your party.
Encourage your guest’s input
To keep your guests as happy as possible, ask for their ideas and input regarding your party. This can be especially useful if you are struggling to come up with ideas. They might suggest drinks you can serve or party games you can play. They might give you inspiration for a dinner party playlist or a dessert. You can also offer them options which can give you some insight into their preferences.
For examples, the majority of your guests might prefer drinking red over white wine. In which case, you can buy more bottles of red than white. You can ask them this using email, text or phone call, but don’t leave this too late. This is a simple but effective way of planning your dinner party, while also saving you time and money. But do remember to showcase your own personality too. It is your party after all.
Ask about dietary requirement
It’s essential for you to about each of your guest’s dietary requirements in advance. The last thing you want is for one of your guests to be unable to eat or drink anything you have prepared. Some of your guests might be vegetarians, vegan or have allergies such as celiac disease. So the sooner you can find this out the better. This will help you plan your menu, preparation time and shopping list more efficiently.
With these tips and tricks, you can plan and create a memorable dinner party with ease. Always remember not to take things too seriously and don’t sweat the small stuff. Your guests are bound to have a fantastic time, regardless of whether you overcook the main or run out of wine. So sit back and enjoy your evening to it’s fullest.