Have you ever wondered how to host your own dinner party, stress-free?
Whether you're inviting a few friends over for a casual dinner, or planning a bigger bash, hosting a cool dinner party doesn't need to be nerve-wrecking event. Having had a fair share of party-planning over the years, here's the secret to organising one that will impress without the stress.
- Remember to enquire about your guest's dietary preferences, especially if they are allergic to something. Having a guest swelling and itching over dinner isn't exactly ideal!
- For guests who are driving or don't drink alcohol, consider offering a non-alcoholic fruit punch in a nice cocktail glass so that they don't feel left out of this celebratory occasion.
- For guests who are vegetarian / vegan, it is possible to plan your menu such that it is modular and the meat versions are just a subset, avoiding the need for a separate menu. For example, it's easy to have chicken and veggie fajitas, or meat and meatless noodle salads if the meat component can be added on, rather than being integral to the dish.
#2. Keep the Menu Simple
- Stay organised and prepare most of the cooking in advance if you can.
- Create a shopping and to-do list so you won't forget a thing and would be relatively stress-free on day itself. Plus, it's fun to cross out items as you progress down the list.
- In terms of food and drink quantities, budget for what you need and add a little extra just in case. You can always keep leftovers for another day.
- Always end the meal with a great dessert. Bake your favourite pudding beforehand, or feel free to buy them from stores, bakeries or your local patisserie. Nobody really says no to chocolate.
#4. Create the Right Ambience
- Following the 4 steps above, things should be under control and you can relax and enjoy the party with your guests. When guests arrive, you want to be calm and ready to charm. Have some nice nibbles and drinks ready to welcome them.
- Delegate pouring drinks. Ask a friend to be in-charge of pouring drinks so you can concentrate on the finishing touches of your food preparation.
- A fun way to get guests to mingle before and during dinner is to have some dinner party games prepared.
- Leave the washing up until later. Your guests are here to enjoy the party and spend time with you, after all.
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