Sunday, 13 December 2015

5 Tips For The Perfect Dinner Party

Hosting a dinner party can be stressful.  People to organise, food to prepare, and worrying that you'll be judged how the evening goes!
Unlike a more relaxed evening where it's just drinks and perhaps board games, dinner parties are much more involved.  Of course there's the table to prepare, the food to plan and cook.  Then you need to make sure the timing for preparing the food works in tandem with people turning up.
So here's a few things to keep in mind to make your next dinner party go off without a hitch:


Keep it Simple

Unless you're Gordon Ramsey, it's probably safest to keep to relatively simple dishes.  Avoid preparing anything too complicated and exotic.
Now, it can be exciting and motivating to cook something you've never cooked before.  But if you'd like to do that, it's probably best you experiment on your own time.  Just for yourself, or you and a friend.
A dinner party can sometimes be quite formal, or at the very least there's lots of people to consider and their different palates.  So keep that in mind.

Know Your Audience

You of course want to surprise people by not telling them what you'll be serving.  But you also need to know what people like, don't like, and are allergic to.  Who's vegetarian?  Who's vegan?  Can you cater to them?
Having a different dish for each person defeats the point of a dinner party, but perhaps offer an alternative for certain people.  Or perhaps even a meat and non meat option for each course.

And then hopefully you make it through to dessert and coffee without a hitch.  And this can go even easier with a coffee pod stand for your kitchen so make sure you’ve planned ahead.

Don't Overfeed

All your guests have probably avoided eating for hours, looking forward to what you're going to prepare.  But don't stuff them!  Space out the courses, and perhaps alternate heavy and light courses.  Also, don't let them fill up on bread!

It's Largely About Timing

The more you organise your timing, the more relaxed you'll be.  Particularly if you can cook some dishes earlier in the day and keep them warm (or reheat them) without it impairing the taste.
If every dish you're preparing needs to have perfect timing, you'll be running around like crazy all evening.  And a stressed and largely absent host makes everyone there have less fun.  So try to balance fantastic food with relaxed timing, if possible.

Have Fun!

You're the host, and if you're not having fun, others won't either!  You want to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere, while at the same time getting the food organised.  It's a bit of a balancing act, and dinner parties can sometimes be a little stressful.  It's certainly not the most relaxed type of evening you can plan!
But once the most difficult dishes are out of the way, and you're on desert, you can unwind.  And everyone having a great time at your party is one of the most satisfying things ever!

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