What’s more fun than gathering a group of friends for a dinner party? You’ll enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal together, share a few laughs and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Inviting a few of your favorite people over for a dinner party doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience when you follow these easy steps. Read on and learn how to be the perfect dinner host!
Plan your guest list accordingly.
While it’s always great to use a dinner party as a way to introduce various groups of your friends to each other, don’t try to make it the first time that everyone at your party meets each other. Otherwise, your dinner party may feel more like an awkward networking event than a proper dinner party.
You’ll also want to think about seating. If you’re inviting less than eight guests, you’ll want to let guests seat themselves, but if it’s a larger dinner party you’re hosting, prepare place cards in advance to denote seating arrangements.
Take dietary restrictions and taste buds into account.
With so many dietary restrictions these days, ranging from gluten-free to vegan, you’ll want to try to take your guests’ needs into account when menu planning. That said, don’t go crazy trying to please everyone.
Your best bet is planning a family-style dinner with multiple dishes rather than trying to serve everyone the same plate. Ensure that at least one dish is vegan, gluten-free or free of any allergens your guests may have. Make sure that your guests with special dietary needs get first shot at scooping up servings from these dishes.
Make meal preparation as painless as possible.
Don’t use a dinner party as an excuse to try out that new recipe. It’s best to opt for dishes you’ve prepared before. (If you really want to try that new recipe, prepare it for your family as a trial-run the week before.)
Give yourself plenty of time to start cooking before the dinner party starts, and make as much food in advance as you can. Prepare some appetizers ahead of time to keep your guests satiated until dinner time and do all of your grocery shopping at least one day in advance.
Set the mood for conversation and fun.
It’s a party, after all, so you’ll want to make it festive. Bring out the nice dishes and use real cloth tablecloths. Whip up a playlist of your favorite tunes or choose one from Spotify’s “Dinner” playlist genre. You’ll also want to set the mood with some candles and maybe even a fabric table runner atop your dining room table.
Relax, take it easy.
When you’re stressed, your guests will be stressed, and that won’t be a good experience for anyone. Things are apt to change at a moment’s notice throughout the night and there’s no way to guarantee that your party will proceed as planned.
If your plans start to derail, take a moment to step back and breathe. Try to go with the flow and remember that the goal of the night is to have fun. The best way to be the perfect dinner host is to remember that nobody is perfect.
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