Hosting a dinner party is a fun experience. But it can also be stressful regardless if you’re a novice or a seasoned host.
Dinner parties are a great way to spend time with family and friends, eat delicious food, and sip your favorite beverages.
If you’re planning on hosting your own dinner, here’s what you need to host your next dinner party.
Keep Your Guest List Small
There is nothing more stressful than a huge guest list. The cost of food, drinks and any other necessities will add up quickly with an extensive list.
For best results, keep your guest list between 6-8 people, and include yourself in the count. Anything above eight people quickly becomes less manageable and pricey.
Hosting a small dinner party is more manageable, and there is less risk of anything going wrong. This is particularly useful if this is your first time hosting a dinner party.
Try out a small dinner party first before you consider having a larger gathering in the future.
Host on a Weeknight
When you want to host a dinner party, it’s best to stick to weeknights or even a Friday night. You're considerate of everyone’s schedules, and it’s more likely your guests can attend.
Weeknight dinner parties are particularly great because they can be relaxed, less formal, and is the perfect time to catch up with friends or family during the busy week.
Weeknights, such as a Wednesday or Thursday switches up your normal routine – it’s something everyone will look forward to.
Give Plenty of Notice
Let your guests know ahead of time that you’re hosting a dinner party. This gives them plenty of time to mark their calendars and ensure they don’t have any plans. A week is good enough.
At this point, you can get a good idea what your guest list looks like and what you’ll need. If four out of eight people can’t make it to dinner, you can invite four more people, or keep it cozy and small.
Prepare the Dinner
We love champagne flutes, wine glasses, and glasses for fresh beer. Not everything has to match, but make sure you have enough to go around for your guests. If you only have two tumbler glasses and eight guests who want wine, you’ll run into a problem. If your hosting in the summer months why not serve gin and tonic!
You may also want to consider serving bowls and plates. You should know what you’re serving and how many guests will show.
And don’t forget to plan what you’ll serve. Appetizers, the main course, sides, and dessert are essentials. You can ask guests to bring drinks such as wine or beer, or serve your own beverages.
It can help to have a theme, such as Italian. You can serve pizza, bruschetta, pasta, and red wine.
Lastly, enjoy your party and have fun!