You aren’t really a grown-up until you’ve hosted your first real dinner party. You may feel like an adult, pay your own rent and somehow make it to work and back every day. But you haven’t reached peak “grown-up” status until you’ve (successfully) thrown your first dinner party.
The thing is, it’s not always as easy as it seems. Hosting a good dinner party takes a lot of hard work and careful consideration. But, to make it simpler for you, here are a few tips on how to get it right the first time.
Don’t go overboard on the menu
You may want to go all out when it comes to the food, but you’ve got to be wise about it. It’s a good idea to serve finger foods as a starter, one main course and one delicious dessert. Go for a meal you’ve cooked before and know you can pull off. Try simple, but tasty, recipes. You don’t want to be overly ambitious and end up serving a mess that only half resembles the picture in the recipe book.
Use simple decorations
You don’t need to decorate every piece of your dining room furniture. You don’t need elaborate ornaments adorning the table. You don’t need overly expensive candle holders and tea lights. What you need is a stylish tablecloth and an easy-to-make centrepiece. As with the menu, keep it simple and don’t be too ambitious. Just remember the napkins.
Think carefully about the guest list
Don’t invite everyone you know and expect them all to get along. Keep the guest list short and sweet. Think about the types of people you’re inviting and who will get along the best. Conversation is key at a dinner party and you don’t want one person talking about politics and another person discussing new gym techniques. The guest list is probably the most important part of any successful dinner party.
Now go ahead and throw your first ever “grown-up” dinner party. And don’t worry if it’s not utterly spectacular. You’ll get better at it as time goes by. Just keep these important tips in mind.