How to Throw a Successful Dinner Party
You've finally invited your friends over for a Dinner Party. You want to make sure it goes well, and that you entertain them with everything they could hope for in an evening. It is important to plan ahead so that the Dinner Party will be successful!
Here are some key aspects of throwing a Dinner Party:
Dinner party invitations should be sent out a few weeks ahead of time. This is where you can decide on a theme for the evening or if it's going to be a potluck. If that is the case you can send each person their own invitation with their assigned dish noted on the back (e.g., 'Please bring your favorite appetizer or salad'). This helps to eliminate food overlap and frees up guests' time for grocery shopping. Make sure to provide a date, time, location, and dress code on the invitations so there is no confusion. This can also help you gauge how many people will attend because guests sometimes have other plans or want to see their friends' Dinner Parties as well.
The Dinner Party should be on your home turf. Dinner Parties provide the perfect opportunity for people who do not know each other very well or would otherwise never have met in different circumstances to come together and get acquainted over food and drinks. Your dinner party should take place in a room that is large enough to accommodate all the guests. It is also important to have enough seats for everyone, so if you are expecting more than six people you may want to consider setting up two tables and chairs rather than one long table with only five seats available. Make sure there's plenty of space for guests to sit down and get comfortable without bumping into the table or finding themselves in a position where someone can't see what they're eating or that they feel trapped in that one seat all night.
Dinner Parties should be casual and comfortable. There's no need to go all out with the fancy tablecloth and candles - just make sure there is enough room for everyone, as well as a place for people to bring their plates back once they're done eating. There is no need to bring out your finest china from the cabinet the best dinner parties are informal and relaxed. You do not want to put your guest on edge by having them use your very expensive dishes.
The dinner party can start at any time of day you like just give your guest enough time to arrive. Dinner Parties can last for a few hours or all day long. Dinner should be served at the latest three in the afternoon, but you're free to make it as early and late as you want! The dinner party should take place at an appropriate time, especially if you are hosting it for people who have not seen much of each other since school days. Dinner Parties provide the perfect opportunity for catching up on old times. Dinner Parties are a great way to form be friendships if you don't get the chance as often because of work or family commitments.
Choosing the right food for your dinner party can be stressful. If no ideas come to mind or you cannot think of a cohesive meal, dinner parties are a great excuse to serve all of your favorite dishes. You have your dinner theme right there "The Hosts Favorites". Dinner parties are also a great excuse to serve dishes you may not make as often, like deserts or appetizers. This could also be a great opportunity to try new recipes you have bookmarked for months but never had a reason to try them. Your dinner party can also offer an opportunity for experimenting. This is a great excuse to get creative and do something unexpected like serving red wine with steak or margaritas with seafood.
Let's not forget drinks! You can make a signature drink for your guests. This can be a cool element to bring together your theme. Matching the food and drink can be challenging. Dinner parties are a great time to try wines you may not normally have as much or make cocktails that use ingredients you don't usually keep stocked in your kitchen. Whatever drink you choose to serve make sure you have extras. It is your job as the host to make sure your guest's cup is never empty.
Music can be an important aspect of Dinner Parties. You want music that is light-hearted and upbeat, but not too loud so everyone has a fun conversation during the party! Dinner Party music should have enough similarities for guests who share tastes in order to keep them entertained. Dinner Party music should also be low enough in volume so as not to interfere with what the guests are talking about. There are many preloaded playlists on streaming services that will fit the vibe of your dinner party. If you prefer not to stream the music you can pull out your favorites albums and enjoy those with your guests.
You must also make sure that you incorporated the "you touch it, you take it" rule if you serve the food buffet style! Have everyone use their own utensil when the initial serve happens but make sure to supply more to your guests if they plan on going for seconds. You may also need a way to decipher who's drinks are who's. This is where stir sticks could come in handy as most have different designs. This will also elevate the decor of your party as it is fancier than the old sharpie on a solo cup.
With these helpful tips, your Dinner Party is going to be a great success! All of the guests are going to be entertained with dinner party music and delicious food and drinks. There is always something new to learn about Dinner Parties, so make sure you read up on it before your next one!