Hosting a dinner party can be stressful, especially if you’re really trying to impress your guests. If you’re stuck wondering how you can host the perfect dinner party, like an actual adult, here are a few helpful tips.
Take It Outside
With the weather warming up, why not take the event outside? Get your friends gathered around a stylish outdoor dining set, and let the company enjoy the beautiful Aussie weather whilst they eat! Be sure to get the Aeroguard, though! No one likes mozzies.
Cook Or Cater?
Charlotte from The F Diaries shares her expertise. “It's important to know when to outsource or buy a pre-made dish. Don't overdo yourself; write a list of all the things that need to be bought, done, and prepared. I've started to put a number out of five next to each of the tasks to figure out how much effort needs to go into each of them. It means I know in advance how much time or effort I'll need to spend on a task, and won't get a shock when I get started.” Find out more about the F Diaries by following her on Facebook and Instagram.
Focus On Your Guests
Food photographer, Kitti Smallbone shares her advice. “Hosting a reputable (read: adult) dinner party is all about focusing on your guests. This isn't the time to dust off the china your grandma gave you for your wedding or the stiff linen napkins at the bottom of the tableware drawer. This is about anticipating the needs of your guests and making them feel welcome, comfortable, happy and most importantly well-fed. Everyone is so busy these days that attending social functions can be far and few between and let me tell you this is not the time to try and impress your guests with exotic ingredients from far-fetched places. Serving delicious, reasonably-healthy-but-hearty food made with love from fresh produce (with more than a pinch of salt) is always going to win out over fancy but barely-edible dishes. Generous portion sizes are a must and of course don't forget dessert!” Find out more about Kitti Small bone by following her on Facebook and Instagram.
Stick With What You Know
We’ve all seen Bridget Jones’ Diary, where poor Bridget tries her hand at cooking, and instead of creating a beautiful meal of Veloute of Celery, Char-grilled tuna and Confit of Orange, turns out to be blue soup, marmalade and an omelette. Funny as this scene is, it’s probably wise to avoid dishing up a meal that you have never cooked before for your guests. Sticking to what you’re good at cooking (or simply ordering food) is the safest bet, especially if you’re in a rush.
Think About Design
Kathleen O’Brien from Flower Dayz shares her advice. “Once you know how many guests are attending you can start designing your table. With this dinner, we will go with a formal table setting. Do a stock take to make sure you have everything (plates, glasses, cutlery, napkins, candles, candle holders, ice buckets and floral designs). There is nothing worse than setting the table and realising you are missing key elements.
• Start arranging your menu list the Monday before your party. Do some research as you might find it is easier to get a restaurant to do all the cooking for you, that way all you have to do is pick it up, place the cold elements on serving platter and reheat the main dishes. It will save you time and the cost may just balance out.” Find out more about Flower Dayz by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
At the end of the day, you’re hosting this party to have fun with your friends. No matter if this is the first dinner party that you’ve hosted or it’s the fiftieth, having some fun with your guests is a sure fire way to host the perfect dinner party. If the weather allows it, eat outside and enjoy the warmth, whilst sitting on your outdoor furniture from MyDeal, have some bubbly and catch up with your friends.