A dinner party is a fun method of gathering with family and friends while sharing some good food and cocktails and just enjoying their company. If you’re considering throwing a dinner party but have no clue where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Be advised, these tips are in no particular order.
Choose the Cocktails
Whether or not you decide to serve alcoholic beverages, you’ll need to ensure that your guests have a drink in their hands right away. Premade cocktails are fantastic options for dinner parties, but so is wine or beer, depending on the preferences of you and your guests. If you have a guest list comprised of more than a few people, you might also want a bowl of some sort of punch. Again, premade cocktails are best because you don’t want to find yourself in the role of a bartender and neglecting your other hosting duties for the night.
It doesn’t matter if you’re cooking for a few people or a lot, you need to decide on a menu. It’s always a good idea to provide your guests with more than a single option for side dishes, entrees, and appetizers to give them a bit of variety. Don’t forget to consider their dietary preferences too. You don’t want to serve a corned beef brisket only to remember that half of the guests are vegetarian. You may even have a guest or two who suffer from food allergies.
Choose a Theme
Selecting a theme for your dinner party is a spectacular way to add excitement to it. A dinner party theme will make it easier to design your invitations, select the right décor, choose a menu, and decide what, if any, games you’ll play. For example, if you have a Mexican-themed dinner party, you’ll already have an idea of what to do for each of those categories. You might set up a taco bar for the main course, and your signature cocktail might be margaritas with tequila shooters for those who prefer that.
If you’ve decided to have a theme, and chosen one, finding your decorations will be even easier. You’ll already have a sense of the decorations you want. For example, if you’re having a beach-themed party, you might want to look for decorations that give things more of an ocean vibe – like umbrellas for your cocktails and seashells on the tables. Make sure that the decorations you choose match the ambiance you’re trying to create and your guests will love it.
Do the Prep Work
Heading up to the date of your dinner party, you’ll need to ensure that your apartment or house is cleaned and ready for the guests you’re expecting. Tidy and clean up the common areas and restrooms to ensure that your home is ready. On the actual day of the event, be sure that you have any decorations set up and that the food dishes are either prepared or set out, and that everything else is ready.
Even though you’re the host and need to ensure that everything that needs to be done for the dinner party is done so that it runs smoothly, you also need to make sure that when your guests arrive, you sit down, drink, eat, and join the fun with the people you’ve invited. There are quite a few details that go into planning the ideal dinner party, and you should enjoy the event just as much as your guests do. Part of the enjoyment should come from the planning, so take it easy, and utilize the process to express your personality and creativity.