Hosting a great dinner party is not easy. It can be very stressful, especially if you are not prepared. The key to hosting a diner party is all in the preparations. You cannot start thinking about it two days before unless you want it to be a disaster. If you want something that will impress your guests and make everyone envious of your culinary skills, you need to start the preparations a good few weeks beforehand. Let’s have a look at a few things you need to consider:
The Guest List
If this is your first dinner party, it is probably wise to limit the number of people you invite to around four to six. The who process of making dinner for everyone can be a little overwhelming, so don’t overload yourself. Give the guest list careful consideration. Definitely do not invite people who dislike each other. Choose people who in general know and get on with each other, and possibly one or two extras. This will help the flow of conversation. Send out invites perhaps four weeks in advance to ensure everyone is free on the given date. It also allows you time to make amendments if necessary. Be sure you ask if there are any special dietary requirements.
The last thing you want is to be making something totally new on the day of the event. So perhaps take some time to practice new dishes such as [this easy recipe] for creamy lobster risotto. Or think about things such as tapas, which can make life a little easier. Just ensure you have the menu sorted well in advance. Create a list of all the items you need to buy, but don’t buy the food until a couple of days before to ensure quality and freshness. Additionally, make the dessert two days before the event.
Running out of alcohol is definitely frowned upon, so stock up. Indeed, alcohol may be your saving grace if something goes wrong. Consider wines that are the perfect accompaniment to the dish you are making. Also, don’t forget beers and ciders, and plenty of it too. It is also wise to stock up on soft drinks. You may well need some cool coke while you are busy in the kitchen, so be ready.
A beautiful table with decor, flowers, candles, etc., is a must. The better the aesthetic, the better the atmosphere, so consider a theme. Ensure to iron your table linin. Use material napkins delicately folded. Also, ensure you have a seating plan. Think about the flow of conversation. Perhaps have the chattiest people opposite and to the side, rather than right next to each other. Remember your dinnerware and wine glasses say a lot about your event too. Everything needs to blend together and create that kind of harmony you are after. Also, consider background music and lighting.
The day before the party, you need to do a thorough clean, especially on the areas that will be used the most, the dining room and closest toilet.
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