Hosting a dinner party may seem a bit intimidating. There’s so much you have to do – cooking, cleaning, picking drinks, and making sure everyone is having a good time in your home. There may be the temptation just to make a reservation at a restaurant and save yourself the washing up. However having your nearest and dearest at your home is such a lovely experience – it’s so much more intimate than dining out. If you’re feeling overwhelmed on where to start with your hosting duties, you’ve come to the right place. By following a few simple steps, you can create the perfect atmosphere for your guests from start to finish.
Of course one of the most important elements of a dinner party is the food. You’ve got to create a meal that all of your guests will enjoy. Think of the number of guests you’re inviting and what realistically you can make for that many people. You may also need a vegetarian and/or vegan option, too. Remember to ask your friends about allergies before you do the food shop. It’s good to have a few nibbles on offer as people arrive as well. It depends how much of a challenge you want to give yourself. When it comes to food you can keep it simple, or make it fancy. For example with the nibbles you could opt for crisps or canapes. It’s your house and your rules – your friends will appreciate whatever you do.
Have you considered throwing some cocktails in the mix? It doesn’t necessarily have to be taken from the traditional dinner party of opening up a liquor cabinet and mixing martinis for all of your guests. Instead, you could use it as a chance for you and your friends to have some fun. Take the pressure off yourself of preparing drinks for everyone, and get the guests involved. You can work together and come up with your own creations. Cocktail sets are relatively inexpensive, and it opens a whole new world of drink making for you. If you’re in need of some inspiration of where to start, check out these simple recipe ideas.
Clean Your Clutter
So you know what you’re going to cook and have a good idea of what you’re going to drink. Another element of hosting – how is your house looking? Hopefully this goes without saying but you need to make sure it’s looking neat when company comes over. Cotswold Company have some gorgeous sideboards, which are great for storage. Whether you need to store away some of your clutter, or want to have your booze closer to the table – a sideboard is a practical, and beautiful, solution.
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