Top tips for hosting a fabulous dinner party

With the party season and summer holidays just around the corner, now is the perfect time to think about hosting a fabulous dinner party that will knock your guests’ socks off.

With the party season and summer holidays just around the corner, now is the perfect time to think about hosting a fabulous dinner party that will knock your guests’ socks off.

Preparation is the key to hosting a successful dinner party. Here are some of our top dinner party tips to help you impress your guests.

Create a party atmosphere

The atmosphere is the first thing your guests are going to notice when they walk in the door. Light some candles, fill the house with fresh flowers and put on a dress and your best heels. This is no ordinary night, so make your house look and feel a little bit different and special.

Table setting

Set the table early, because it’s one job that can be done ahead of time. Dig out your best china and your crystal glasses, dust off your best cloth napkins, and choose an appropriate centrepiece for the table that’s low enough for your guests to talk over.

Music

Music is one of the easiest ways to create a fabulous ambience for a dinner party. The background noise relaxes your guests and eliminates awkward silences. Find some tunes that will cater to all tastes and match the mood of the evening.

Food and drink

Make sure you serve appetisers, entrée, main dish, dessert and drinks. Plan ahead and be sure to cater for any dietary requirements. A dinner party is not the time to experiment with creative new dishes, so make sure it’s a tried and true recipe or at least something you’ve cooked before. 

Above all, remember to relax and enjoy yourself! A dinner party should be fun for the host too. Do as much preparation ahead of time as you can so you can appreciate your guests company, the food and the drinks. And the dishes can wait until the next morning!

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