Is throwing more dinner parties one of your new year’s resolutions? If it’s not, then maybe it should be. As you get older, you own your own house, and you feel quite proud of it, at the same time you and your friends probably want to go out a little less and stay in a little more, preferring good conversation and laughs with friends over going out to clubs, drinking too much and writing off the whole weekend with a hangover.
If you haven’t thrown a dinner party before, then you might be feeling the pressure to get it right, to find the balance between sophisticated dinner party but still a great time with your mates, check out these five tips on how to throw an impressive dinner party:
In the past you might have bought some cheap wine from the supermarket and not known if it was any good or not, or did you even care? For your dinner party, do a little research and find something that will complement the food you’re going to serve. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get good wine either; there are loads of deals online and plenty of recommendations for you too.
All you need is a dining table and a few chairs. If you don’t have a dining room, that’s okay, and even if you wouldn’t usually have a dining table, then if you can get a table which you can put up in your lounge, it will be fine – all you need to do is decorate it. Get a beautiful table cloth, placemats, restaurant quality napkins, candles, or other table pieces and beautiful glasses for your wine. Have one for red, one for white and a water glass for each person. Don’t forget your cutlery either; as long as it matches, you don’t need to spend a fortune on getting fancy cutlery.
First of all, tell your guests not to bring anything, so that you have full control over the food. You could go then opt for a buffet option where people can help themselves, and there are lots of choices, or if you have check if anyone has any allergies or particular foods, they don’t like you could go for one three-course menu. No one wants a fuss, a fancy looking plate with barely any food on it. Instead cook some classics you know that everyone loves or choose a particular cuisine and go for it. If you went with Italian, you could have serve bruschetta or a platter of Italian meats to start, then for mains, you could do homemade pizzas or pasta and for dessert, buy or make tiramisu and then present a beautiful cheese board with coffee afterward.
Choose a menu that means you will be able to prep everything before your guests arrive, meaning that you won’t have to spend your time in the kitchen while everyone arrives. It’s better to be able to greet your guests, serve their drinks, and have a chat.
Dinner doesn’t last all evening so you could play a game at the dinner table, have a great debate while still sat around, or you could leave the plates until tomorrow, move to a different room, and carry on the party elsewhere.