Want to entertain your friends and family with ease and confidence? Then, read on… today, we are going to get the tips and tricks for Hosting a Perfect Dinner Party in this guest post from Emma Lawson.
Hosting a Perfect Dinner Party
Making Entertaining Fun and Easy
Nowadays, when people are always in a rush, a dinner party can be a real treat. Nothing is better than having all your friends at one place, eating homemade dishes, drinking, and laughing together. Such a lovely event can indeed make us much happier and even lower the levels of stress. However, many people think that throwing a perfect dinner party is a pain in the neck – very complicated and often frustrating. Well, this is so not true! If you are still skeptical about this – stay with us. Here are some of the most important tips on how to successfully host a perfect dinner party. Enjoy!
- Stick to the Familiar Cuisine
Even though it may be extremely tempting to prepare some exotic Taiwanese dish – trust us, that is not such a great idea. First of all, you probably won’t even pronounce its name properly, and what is more important, most of the ingredients will be unfamiliar to you. Cook something you are confident with.
- Plan Your Time
This is a crucial step, particularly if you plan on having a dinner with multiple courses. This means that you will need the oven for more than one dish, so planning your timetable is always a good idea. Cooking for a larger group obviously takes longer than preparing a meal for two, so have that in mind – give yourself an extra hour or two in the kitchen, just in case.
- Cook Smart
This basically means that you should avoid dishes that require constant checking, stirring or flipping, especially when you are cooking for many people. The key lies in simplicity, and it is definitely smart not to complicate things too much. If you are a proud owner of all those electrical kitchen appliances that serve as a posh décor, now would be a good time to use them. Also, doing the hard work first is a good way to go. Besides that, you can always chop vegetables the evening before the party, as well as to bake desserts a few days before it.
- Maintain the Balance
When planning the menu for your perfect dinner party, you should definitely avoid too many heavy dishes. Instead, just think about what goes together and prepare the dishes according to that plan. For example, if you decide on having a steak or fried chicken for the main course, it would be a good idea to choose a light dessert. You can also stick to the particular theme, such as Italian or Chinese cuisine.
- Decorate Like a Pro
All of us would agree that table decoration has a major role while planning on a dinner night, which is why it should be taken care of properly. Great presentation can turn even the simplest dish into the most special one, so take care of the finishing touches that will impress your guests. Take the whole event to the next level and do it classy – by choosing crystal glassware that will add a touch of glamour to the whole room. A vase or two filled with freshly picked roses will also enhance the overall atmosphere at the party.
All of the aforementioned tips are essential if you want to make it work, however, it is also very important not to take yourself, as well as the whole party, too seriously. The host’s mood actually sets the tone of the party, so give your best to be as relaxed as possible. If you are having fun, be sure that everyone else will, too. Good luck!
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I totally agree on not experimenting with a brand new recipe when cooking for a big crowd… great article!
Oh, yes…no need to add extra stress when hosting a dinner party! Glad you enjoy these tips. 🙂
The last time we hosted a dinner party it was so much fun. We were very casual. My favorite part was the coffee and conversation afterwards. I agree with Emma, the tips are great but don’t be too serious and do have a good time.
Great tips! I would just add, only invite people that would appreciate your efforts and you truely want to spend time with. Otherwise the labor of love turns sour. 🙁
Fantastic ideas! It’s been a while since I’ve felt like hosting a dinner party – I hope to get back to that soon, because I always enjoy them!
I love a great dinner party and all of these tips are spot on! I never try a new recipe (well, I did once) when I’m entertaining. And the table decor is my favorite part of entertaining. It’s fun to shop my house and come up with something new. 🙂
Great tips!! I learned a long time ago that the party is about the people and not only planning! Keeping it simple and having fun is the most important! Love your ideas! 🙂 #HomeMattersParty
Some great tips here. Party is always fun. My friends do help me always so it has not been so much of pain for me 🙂
Good tips! I always overwhelm myself when cooking and prepping for a dinner party, so much so that I stopped inviting people over. Thanks for the reminder to keep it simple! #HomeMattersParty
This is great! I get so nervous when I host a party. It’s important to relax & enjoy! Thanks so much for hosting this great party! #HomeMattersParty
These are all great tips to keep in mind. I like how your first time chose “Familiar Cuisine.” Often times I go to parties and have NO clue what someone is trying to feed me.
It’s great to co-host with you!