As restrictions are finally being lifted, many of us are in the throes of planning our next dinner party. It’s been a long time coming!
We should still take safety precautions, of course, so if you’re planning to host a dinner party soon, remind your guests not to attend if they are feeling under the weather. It’s better to be safe than sorry after all!
As it has been a while since dinner parties have been allowed, it might be that you need a few reminders on how to turn it into a success. Here are a few tips to help you.
#1: Have drinks and nibbles at the ready
Guests usually arrive hungry and thirsty so have something on hand to serve them. This will keep them going until dinner arrives and will make them less irritable if food is delayed because of problems in the kitchen.
Remember to cater to all needs by providing both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and check out our tips on improving your favorite cocktails for success in this area.
And when it comes to nibbles, don’t provide anything too filling. Pretzels and dips or bowls of potato chips usually suffice, as your guests will still have room for their dinner.
#2: Provide something for your guests to do
Some guests will be happy to sit and chat with one another so don’t overload them with activities if they are comfortable mixing. But if you notice people aren’t gelling very well, it’s always a good idea to have something for them to do.
You could simply play music in the background and create room for people to dance.
Or you could have a range of games on offer for guests to play while you’re busy in the kitchen. This way, people will naturally start to bond with one another, especially if they’re having a good time. Check out these dinner party game ideas, for a few examples.
#3: Be a good host
Try to prepare as much food as you can beforehand to ensure you can spend time with your guests. This way, they won’t feel as if you have abandoned them, and you won’t have to spend all of your time managing dishes in the kitchen.
A slow cooker is always a good idea in this regard as you can prepare your meal early in the day and leave it simmering.
Alternatively, have a look at these party foods for a few ideas. They can be made in advance so you will have more time to mingle with your invited guests.
#4: Don’t forget the dessert
Never assume your guests will be too full for dessert! You don’t need to serve it immediately after dinner of course, but it’s always a good idea to have something sweet for them to eat later in the evening.
If you’re struggling for time, you could always buy something from the store or ask your guests to contribute.
But if you do have time to make something homemade, prepare something your guests are bound to enjoy. This moist pound cake recipe at Sugar Geek Show looks absolutely divine but look at the other recipes on their site too.
Dinner parties are meant to be fun so don’t stress over every single detail. Your guests will be happier if you’re able to keep your head during the evening. But remember these tips to ensure your dinner party goes well, for both yourself and for the guests you have invited to your gathering.