Hosting a dinner party can be an extremely fun and rewarding experience. When you have the chance to gather some of your best friends together to enjoy a well-prepared meal, you’ll see smiles and laughter all around and really enjoy the connections being made. But many people shy away from hosting dinner parties because they worry about the stress of all the preparations and trying to make everyone happy. The truth is, hosting a dinner party doesn’t have to be stressful. It does take some preparations, but as long as you plan well enough in advance, you can put on the perfect dinner party that your guests will love. Just follow some of these tips and you’ll be smiling and sitting down to your excellent dinner with friends in no time!
You can’t throw a great dinner party if you try to do it at the last minute, that’s for sure! First, think about how many guests you’re going to invite. You can send out invitations formally or make it more casual with phone calls or even a Facebook invite. These days, people check their email and social media so often that this could be the best way to go. Then, take into consideration your guests’ dietary preferences. Will you have a lot of vegetarians at the party, or can the guests eat anything? If you’re not sure, it’s always best to ask. It is common courtesy for a guest to notify the host if he or she has any particular dietary requirements though, so don’t stress out too much about this.
Then, it’s time to plan the most important part of your dinner party: what you’re going to cook! Think about how many people you will invite, because this can affect what you will make. If you’re having a small intimate dinner party, you can cook something that may be more complex and intricate to make. However, if you’re hosting a large party, you might not be able to serve as many people with such a complex dish. Large dinner parties usually go on best when you have large servings of several dishes, such as pasta and salad. These are dishes that most people enjoy, and to cover all bases, you can also offer both a meat and vegetarian pasta option. Don’t forget bread to round it all out.
You can prepare some nice appetizers to offer your guests when they first arrive. And when the guests start arriving to the party, they should be first offered a drink. Beautiful wine glasses will instantly impress your guests when they arrive to your party. Offer them their choice of red or white wine, beer, a non-alcoholic beverage, or whatever you may have available. Your guests can sip on their drinks and nibble on appetizers while you make the final preparations for dinner.
You can usually count on guests to bring something to your dinner party to round out the meal, so don’t worry too much about not having enough food. Many guests will bring a bottle of wine or dessert. However, you should prepare a dessert yourself anyway, just in case. Make something ahead of time that you can keep in the fridge or freezer. Or prepare a pie that you can throw in the oven half an hour before dessert time, so it will come out nice and hot.