Inviting all your friends over for a night of food and drinks is the perfect way to spend a night in. However, when you’re the host of one of these gatherings, the preparation process can sometimes become overwhelming. Here are some tips to hosting the perfect dinner party that will make it go as smoothly as possible!
1. Make a List
Before you even begin preparing anything, you need to know what exactly has to be done. Grab some sticky notes and jot down everything from a guest list, grocery and decorative items, cleaning supplies or anything else that pops into your mind. Having these little lists handy while shopping will save you tons of time and you can check off the items as you go!
2. Food Options
Remember, the whole point of a dinner party is to have tons of tasty food and drinks! When you go grocery shopping keep in mind what your friends like to eat and what they actually can eat. This sounds simple, but is actually fairly easy to overlook.
Be sure to ask your friends if any of them have food allergies or dietary restrictions and plan accordingly. Also try not to limit yourself when it comes to where you shop. Take advantage of seasonal produce and do a little research. Trying a new recipe is always more enjoyable in the company of others!
This is the most important step. Being prepared will ensure that your dinner party is tons of fun and well organized. Make as much of the food ahead of time as you can and have a plan for the day-of preparation. For the decorations and set up, now is the time to pull out the festive place mats and fancy silverware. The final step is to make sure your place is clean. Let’s face it, nothing is less appetizing than a messy kitchen!
4. Have Fun
Every host should love this step! You’ve planned the party and done all the work so the most important thing is to relax and enjoy the evening with your friends. You can even have some movie options for after dinner to keep the night going!
Tell me something you do to prepare for a dinner party in the comments below.