The thought of socialising with friends and family over a delicious plate of food is an exciting one, especially in the comfort of our own homes. The lifting of restrictions means that hosting a dinner party is now an option again, though you may want your guests to be tested first. Of course, it’s easy enough to buy antigen test kits like the ones from Healgen, use them before gatherings and you’ll stand a much better chance of keeping your friends safe. Excited to host the perfect dinner party? Below are some handy tips to creating an unforgettable evening.
Choose your guests wisely
When planning your guest list, it’s important not to get carried away and invite too many people – this will only lead to disaster. For the novice dinner party host, invite four to six people. This will stop you from being too overwhelmed and out of your depth. A dinner party is an intimate event that should be reserved for close friends or family. Invite people that you know will get along to avoid awkward interactions. Before having anyone over to your home, ask them to take a lateral flow test – politely, of course.
Plan the perfect menu
Your dinner party should show off your culinary skills, but attempting too much can lead to sub-par food. Cook something that you know and love to avoid stress on your evening. The key is to attempt something that seems fancy, but is relatively easy to prepare.
Keep a well-stocked drinks supply
The drinks should always be flowing at a dinner party and therefore making sure to keep your drinks cabinet well stocked is a sure-fire way to create a good atmosphere. Try buying a selection of different drinks to suit all tastes, including wine, beers and liquor. Feeling extra creative? Pre-make a delicious cocktail to really impress your guests.
Prepare in advance
Preparation doesn’t just have to be about the food – make sure to clean your home and plan out your prep timings a couple of days in advance. This should help to ease the stress that comes with hosting. Food should be pre-prepared as much as possible. Try making a dessert that can be made a few days in advance and spend more time socialising with your guests.
Create an inviting ambience
Creating a relaxing and inviting ambience is key to hosting a successful dinner party. Light scented candles, adorn your table with fresh flowers and make sure your home looks tidy. Music is also part of setting the mood – opt for acoustics for a relaxed vibe.
Present your food attractively
Most of us eat with our eyes, so creating a visually attractive plate very important when hosting a dinner party. Though this may seem like a difficult task for a novice, there are lots of tips and tricks to making your food look good. Aim to use contrasting coloured food to make your plate pop and create height with your food for the ultimate wow-factor. Edible garnishes are also a nice touch, with lots of options to choose from.
Clean as you go
Hosting can be an exhausting experience and cleaning dishes after guests leave may feel like a nightmare. Cleaning your kitchen as you go is an easy way to stay on top of mess and avoid an overwhelming task at the end of the night. Clean up food debris and empty packaging throughout the evening and try to stack dirty plates neatly and efficiently. For those that are lucky enough to have a dishwasher, stack plates throughout the night to half your future workload.