Dinner parties can be fun, but often the best part is in the planning. That’s why we’ve come up with this handy guide to give you an idea about how to plan ahead and what you can do when the day comes around to make sure your party is a big hit with all of your guests.
Our first tip might be a no-brainer, but when it comes to a dinner party, planning ahead is the key to success. Making sure you have enough space, all of the right ingredients and plenty of beverages will save a lot of stress as you get closer to the day. If you’re not usually someone that’s organised, this is the perfect opportunity to practice your list-making skills.
Stick to what you know
As you begin your planning, you should be figuring out exactly what you’ll be cooking for your guests. When doing this, don’t be too bold and stick to what you know. After all, you don’t want to try a complex recipe for the first time only to find that it doesn’t turn out as you hoped.
Cater to your guests
Once you know who’ll be attending your dinner party, you’ll know if any of your guests have specific dietary requirements that you need to cater to. Ask your guests in advance if they would prefer a vegetarian or vegan option, but there’s no harm in preparing an alternative option just in case. If you’re serving alcohol at your party, you should also serve non-alcoholic options for those who may be driving or don’t want to drink for other reasons.
It’s no secret that a good atmosphere can dramatically improve any party. Achieving this is simple. Turn down the lights and instead light some candles or opt for some fairy lights. Doing this will create warmth and movement, especially when placing tea lights on the dinner table. Then, add some music for relaxing background noise but remember to make sure that it’s quiet enough so that your guests can hear one another.
Make use of space
Whether you’re hosting your dinner party in a small apartment or a large country home, you should always aim to make the most of the space you have available. If you’re gathering your guests in your kitchen, don’t let them feel claustrophobic and opt for a solution such as sliding doors that can open up the space you have into a much larger area. Bi-Fold Shop, for example, can install bi fold doors in Gloucestershire that can transform any room in your home.
As the host or hostess, you have a lot of power over the overall tone of the night which is why you should always have a positive attitude even if there are a few mishaps. The ability to be not only positive, but flexible too, can help you a lot particularly if it turns out that you have less (or more) guests than you had originally thought. Again, it’s all down to the correct amount of planning.