How to Host A Great Dinner Party
Oh, how fun it can be to get dressed up and head out for a night of fun. But let’s not fool ourselves: there is a price to be paid for this privilege, and when the weather begins to get a little chilly, it’s not always worth it. But good news: you don’t necessarily need a trendy downtown cocktail bar to enjoy yourself. You’ve got a home, so why not look at inviting people around, and share dinner and a few drinks together? Below, we’ll take a look at some useful tips for ensuring your dinner parties are always a success.
Create the Space
The first task will be to get a space where you can comfortably host people. Nobody wants to eat dinner with their plate on their knees! So a decent sized table will be the first thing you’ll need. You’ll also need space, so everyone can be comfortable. If you own your property, then you could look at creating an open plan kitchen. This is an excellent option when it comes to dinner parties because it doesn’t keep the guests and hosts separate. You can stay a part of the conversation even when you’re cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
Setting the Scene
This is not a regular night, so don’t treat it so! When you’re hosting a dinner party, it’s important to set the scene. The best approach is to think of your space as if it were a restaurant, and try to match the atmosphere. That means low, atmospheric lighting, perhaps a fragrance in the air, and soft music in the background. Also, perhaps it goes without saying, but the space should be thoroughly cleaned and de-cluttered before people arrive. It’ll kind of kill the vibe if there are computer cables and work files hanging around.
Food and Drink
The most important part of a night like this is that you’re all together. But let’s not fool ourselves: the food and drink are pretty important too. On the food front, you’ll want to look up one of those delicious meals. While you might normally be tempted to go for those easy-to-make meals, this is an opportunity to push yourself, and make something impressive. Also, for a high-quality meal, you’ll need high-quality ingredients. For drinks, it’s all about those delicious wines. Get the best white wine facts, and make sure you’ve got plenty of bottles in the pantry. You can even pair your meal with the wine, with a little bit of knowledge!
After Dinner Goodness
There are few things better than that awesome, post-dinner glow, when everyone is well-fed and feeling happy. After everything has been eaten, put the dishes to one side, and retire to somewhere more relaxing. There you can chat the night away, or even play a fun, interactive game. Games can help give the night direction and really keep the fun going.
Whatever you do, remember not to stress. People forgive if the food isn’t perhaps or too slow to arrive; it’s all about having fun!