It All Comes Down to a Good Plan
Really, a solid plan is the foundation of every successful dinner party, and you should make it weeks earlier. Put everything on paper, from the number of guests and their names to potential themes and food choice. If you’re making a dinner party for a large number of guests and you have a limited space on your disposal, you should send invitations earlier and ask for RSVPs to get an accurate number of people attending. Consider asking about any allergies when sending invitations – better safe than sorry.
A Bullet-Proof Menu
It’s a dinner party, so obviously the food is one of the most important aspects of the evening. Don’t mess this one up. When preparing the meals it’s best to stick to what you know best, don’t go all experimental with some exotic dishes you have never tried before. If you are determined to impress the guests, then at least test the fancy new dish a week in advance. Avoid the meals that involve complicated preparation and constant stirring. It is best to choose the ones where you can make one big portion and then divide it to the number of the guests you have. “One pot wonders” are your best friends here.
A Helping Hand
It is hard to do everything by yourself, especially when you’re preparing food for a big bunch of people. Don’t torment yourself with the exhausting cooking and baking. Consider asking a friend or a family member to help you. Also, it would be a good idea to decide for party catering service, especially for appetizers and snacks which can be very time-consuming and complicated to make. Don’t worry, no one will hold it against you, it’s better to have a happy and rested host, than tired and nervous.
Setting the Table like a Boss
Think of the table as the canvas for a work of art you are going to serve to your guests. It has to look beautifully without stealing attention from the star of the show. So, keep it simple. If you are using a tablecloth, make it monochromatic. Decorate the table with fresh flowers, just make sure the centerpieces are not too-high since it can be odd for the guests to try have a conversation while craning their necks to look at each other. Other elements you can include are scented candles, cute napkins, striped straws, etc.
A Wonderful Ambience
Now, all that remains are the intangible things that can determine whether the party was a complete success or an utter flop. Some of the things that might impact the outcome are music (background music that allows conversation, and later some dancing music), conversations (when you notice unpleasant silence start a topic which you have planned ahead, and make it flow naturally), and of course – the mood of the host. So, make sure you’re friendly, welcoming and relaxed, and your guests will return the favor.
In the end, the missing link – drinks. Keep them cool and “cool”, and you can’t go wrong. Have fun and enjoy, the purpose of a dinner party is not to cause stress, but to be a friendly and happy gathering.