Dinner parties are so much fun, aren't they? More so when you're a guest at them rather than when you're hosting them, in all honesty, but we've got some sensational tips that are sure to make your next soiree a breeze.
1. Be prepared by getting an early start
Organisation and preparation are key skills with just about anything, and dinner parties are no different. Even if you begin by just chopping a few ingredients for dinner, or marinating meats, it can make life that much less stressful. Remember to have all your crockery at the ready, too and if you need more, get it from BHG Shop in advance!
2. Avoid being too adventurous
Don’t overdo it by cooking crazy exotic dishes you yourself haven’t even tasted. Go with something you know how to cook and tastes delicious with ingredients easy to source. If you are still an amateur in the kitchen, keep it simple with one or two meats for guests to choose from, a nice green salad and something heavier such as potatoes. Always check dietary requirements before selecting your menu, you don’t want to start the process and find your guests can’t enjoy your cooking. Try this recipe for a super yummy fish tortilla here.
3. Know your guests
If you’re ever adding a theme to your dinner party or event, remember not every theme idea will relate to your party. Also, although it’s great to show off your culinary skills, if you’re cooking for a fussy eater this will all get lost. Know what your guests like before you set your theme as this will help you to tie everything else together.
You can always bring it together with some snazzy room or table decorations like candles! These stunners are from BHG Shop.
4. Creating ambience and atmosphere
The atmosphere at a party is just as important as the food. Choosing relaxing, enjoyable music will really add to the ambience of your evening and lift the mood. Select music that either suits your theme for the night or those you have invited. Also, consider creating ambiance with fresh flowers and candles. Attention to detail like putting effort into your table layout and decorations will excite guests when they arrive and throughout the evening. Try investing in a quality wireless, bluetooth speaker to pump out the sound without drawing too much attention away from the party. The below one is available on BHG Shop.
5. Serving a variety of beverages
Who doesn't fancy a drink? Catering for different needs can be difficult as well as finding a space in the home to store and keep drinks cool. Offering white and red wine, and beer is a good standard as that’s what most people drink. For wine lovers who may not be able to afford a built in wine cellar, investing in appliances like the a good wine fridge is a great way to store a variety of different wines with its dual temperature system that allows you to keep white wine cold and red wines cool.
6. Cooked to perfection
Nothing is worse than going to a dinner party and finding the food over or under cooked. Always make sure you’re cooking every dish to perfection whether it’s entrée, main or dessert. With the help of recipes, wonderful home appliances now on the market and a variety of kitchen instruments, you’ll be able to keep on top of your cooking. Remember, beautiful presentation and great flavours can turn any simple dish into something special.