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There’s something so grown up and special about hosting a dinner party, isn’t there?
You’re entertaining your friends in your own home with great food and fancy wine. It’s exciting!
A special gathering like this calls for a bit of extra effort when it comes to planning – and even splashing out a bit, especially if it’s a celebration of some sort – so here’s your ultimate How To guide for throwing the perfect dinner party…
Note to self: invite this spunk to next dinner party.
The Guest List… Who to invite is so incredibly important. You want to have the right mix of people to create the perfect atmosphere – relaxed and comfortable with free-flowing conversation and laughter. Also, you don’t want to feel like you have to entertain a crowd of hundreds, so be mindful of the number of people you invite. It’s a dinner party, not your wedding!
The Drinks… Kick things off with a beautiful bottle of Champagne or a signature cocktail when guests arrive. One of my all time favourite cocktails is incredibly simple but delish: vodka, fresh lime and soda. You can jazz it up by adding cucumber and lemon too, which is so refreshing. Follow this up with wine to suit the meal.
Tip: if your guests ask if they can bring anything, suggest that they bring their favorite bottle of vino. This is a great way to ensure you won’t run out of drinks. Bonus tip: stock up on some cheap glasswear from Kmart or IKEA. If your friends are anything like mine, they get very animated after a few drinks and there are bound to be breakages. Save the Riedel glasses for a quiet night in.
The Decorations… If you’re throwing a party in honour of a birthday, engagement or some other equally exciting milestone, then by all means go crazy with the decorations! If your dinner party is for no reason other than getting some great friends together (and isn’t that reason enough?!), then pop out to your local fruit and veg shop and buy up some cheap and cheerful bunches of flowers that can be scattered throughout your home. Candles are another must, so place various sizes on your dining table and anywhere else you might find yourselves seated, such as the couch or your outdoor setting.
The Music… Never underestimate the power of music! It really helps to set the mood. Just as the right kind of music can lift the ambience, the wrong type of music can really put a downer on things. If you have the time and energy, create a playlist that runs longer than the length of your evening. Alternatively, find a fantastic internet radio station such as jazz or chillout or download a couple of fantastic compilation albums such as the Ku De Ta series.
The Food… If you’re anything like me, the idea of cooking for more than just my husband sends me into a panic. This is where I think it’s worth every penny organising a caterer (such as Noosh Catering). We had our engagement party catered and it was such a nice feeling not having to worry about what goes in the oven when or worrying about burning or ruining a dish. Plus you can take full advantage and have them prepare food you’d never dream of cooking yourself!
Enjoy! The main reason for hosting a dinner party is to have fun. Once your guests have arrived, relax and enjoy yourself…right alongside them. Forget about the mess that might be made, dishes that will need to be done and glasses that might break. Enjoy the fabulous company, relaxed atmosphere, great wine and delicious food you’ve put so much effort into organising.
And don’t forget – the best guests are the ones who bring the wine at the start of the night and help you tidy up at the end of the night!
What are your tips and tricks for hosting the perfect dinner party?