Do you want to be known as the hostess with the mostess amongst your friends and family? It is a title that many friends battle for, but only few will win as you need to have some exceptional dinner party skills. Want to improve your dinner party hosting skills? These amazing tips will help you dish up a dinner party to remember.
Always Practice Your Menu
It’s important that you cook dishes with which you are familiar. Has a recipe in a new cookbook caught your eye? It’s perfectly fine to serve something you’ve never done so before, but you really do need to make the time to practice this before the day of the dinner party. In fact, it’s a good idea to give your whole menu a run through as well, once you are familiar with all your dishes. That way, you can figure out what your timings should be for all the dishes and how early you will need to start preparing on the day of your dinner party.
Think Restaurant Tables
When you set your table all ready for the dinner party, it’s a good idea to prepare it as if it is a restaurant table. That means adding some decorative items, such as candles and flowers. You might also want to add Richard Haworth napkins and tablecloths for an extra touch of style and sophistication. Make sure that you have enough cutlery for the number of courses you are serving as well – no one should use the same knife and fork for their starter and main meal!
Always Ask About Dietary Requirements
Some of your guests might have very specific dietary needs. This will be the case if any of your friends are vegetarian or vegan, or they have to follow a restricted diet due to health reasons. Some of the common dietary requirements include no gluten or dairy. So, just to be on the safe side, you need to ask your guests about any requirements that they might have before you plan your menu. You can then figure out which meals are suitable are for your guest and if you will need to make some alternative dishes to accommodate everyone.
Make A Playlist
You will also need to work hard to create a pleasant ambiance for your dinner party. The easiest way you can do this is to have some background music playing. The best type of music for dinner parties is anything that doesn’t have any lyrics, as these can be distracting when people are trying to have a conversation. It’s a good idea to make your own playlist for the night. That way, you won’t be surprised when anything unexpected starts playing! Most people choose classical music as it can be very relaxing and won’t be too overbearing.
So, ready to send out the invitations for your next dinner party? Just remember all of the above tips and I’m sure that it will go down like a storm with all of your guests!