Throwing a dinner party sounds like a great way for your family and friends to come together and enjoy some good food. Unfortunately, when you’re the host, it’s not always that fun. Hosting dinner parties can be quite a task depending on how many people you are catering for and what sort of food they are expecting. Don’t worry though – we’ve come up with a list of our top 4 tips on how to be the perfect dinner host. Keep reading to find out more!
Do your research
There’s nothing worse than spending hours in the kitchen slaving away just to put the plates on the table and find out that one of your guests can’t eat that particular dish. Dietary requirements are a very important part of any dinner party and it is important that you know what your guests can and can’t eat. If you have some vegetarians or vegans, you can make the decision to make the whole mean to suit them or make separate dishes. If there’s someone that is allergic to something, it might just be better to avoid that ingredient altogether if you can. Making sure that your guests are happy with what they are going to eat will go a long way and help to make your party a success!
Practice your recipes
Of course, it’s great to be adventurous and you will definitely impress your guests if you are successful but make sure to practice! You don’t need to make the dishes over and over again, simply have a practice run a few days before your party to make sure that you are actually capable of making this dish. You might have to spend more than you’d like on ingredients, but you will avoid any disasters on the night!
Choose your courses carefully
You don’t want to fill up your guests as soon as they’ve finished their starter. Make sure to portion your meals well and choose things that will go well together. If you don’t fancy cooking up a dessert or think your guests might be too full, why not try a cheese board? Godminster Cheese & Wine offer a great selection of organic cheese that you can use to create the cheeseboard of dreams!
Sit down and relax
Our final tip for you to think about revolves around your own personal enjoyment of the dinner party. You don’t want to get too wrapped up in the cooking that you don’t even get a chance to eat or chat with your guests. They’re at your house to see you so spend some time with them. If you’ve got a lot to do, prepare some of the ingredients ahead of time or accept help when one of your guests offers it. Your guests won’t want to see you running around getting yourself all stressed out. Remember – If you enjoy your dinner party, your guests are likely to as well.