Good food, drinks, and healthy conversation? Sure, why not! Everyone likes to attend a dinner party, but the amount of work that goes into making a dinner party successful can be exhausting. Most people have no idea what type of effort goes into organizing and pulling off an extraordinary dinner party that people will remember. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
1. Selecting Good Company
Select only those friends or family members with whom you best get along with and have similar interests. Make sure everyone will be compatible and comfortable with each other. You want to make sure that your dinner party is engaging and fun not stressful and tense. Try to keep conversation light and avoid hot-button topics like politics or religion. Avoid inviting people who would make the dinner party feel awkward, such as both parties in a couple who have divorced or broken up.
2. Knowledge About Your Guest
Being the host of the party, you should make sure you are aware of everyone’s allergies or dietary needs. Talk with your guests and make sure that if someone is on a gluten-free or vegan diet that you take that into account when planning your menu. You also want to be accommodating to guests who may have medical conditions like diabetes. It’s important to make sure that no one is allergic to any specific food or drinks you plan on serving. Don’t be afraid to approach your guests and have this conversation. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
3. Go With What You Know
Trust yourself and the dishes you know how to prepare the best. This is not the time to go trying to experiment with new dishes that you have never tried. If you insist on impressing your guests with something new, give it a go before the actual event so that you are familiar with the recipe. The most important thing to remember is to keep it simple. You can impress your guests just as much with a simple, well-prepared spread as you can with something more extravagant.
4. Cook Smarter
You want to be able to spend time enjoying your guests and not have to spend all of your time in the kitchen. Don’t drive yourself crazy by trying to cook something that is incredibly time consuming and complicated. Like we mentioned earlier; keep it simple. Your guests are going to wonder why you even invited them over if you spend all of your time in the kitchen, rather than spending time with them. Many great dinner parties have gone off without a hitch by including a simple dessert and entree. You don’t have to be Iron Chef, just be you.
5. Check Your Inventory Ahead Of Time
Make sure that you have all of the necessary ingredients ahead of time for the dishes you intend to prepare. You don’t want to get caught in an unfortunate situation where you realize last-minute that you are missing something important and have to improvise. Make a list of essentials a couple of days before and do one big shopping trip. This will save you time and money and will allow you to focus on preparing your dishes once you step into the kitchen.
These tips can go a long way in organizing a successful party. If you’re in need of a dining set, dining chairs, or barstools in order to accommodate your guests, check out Dining and Stools. They can help you find what you’re looking for and to fit your needs.