Nothing can be more fun than inviting many friends over for great drinks, foods and conversation. Hosting a holiday party at home can be fuss-free and simple, especially if you begin to plan well in advance. Below are some tips to make your dinner party fun for everyone.
Choose a Good Group of People
Select friends with the same interests and some things in common. If you wish to spice up things with one or two wildcard guest, ensure they will fit in and will not make other guests uncomfortable. Xmas party invitations are nice; however, phone calls or emails also work fine.
Ask your Guests About Allergies in Advance
Usually, when a guest has religious observance or a serious allergy, he will inform you about it. However, you can always ask. Ensure there is at least one thing that everybody at the party can enjoy.
Choose Dishes you Have Tried Making
Ensure you plan to make dishes you have tried whipping up before the party day. In case you are used to cooking a certain casserole, spend time practicing making it in a bigger, party-worthy size. If you wish to impress your guests with a new dish, try to give it a test run a number of weeks before the big event.
Stay away from foods which involve to-order cooking and constant checking, flipping or stirring. Sometimes, simple foods are best. Use the internet to check out one-pot meals, crock-pot dishes and healthy casseroles for a satisfying entree.
Do an Inventory Check in Advance
Ensure you have the necessary tools such as extra plates, dessert forks, serving dishes and wineglasses a week before the party so that you will not rush around the day to try to purchase or borrow them. Have everything laid out in the morning to ensure you have whatever you need. Also, prepare your recipe ingredients one or two days in advance.
Ensure your plan and menu for the night will not fall into pieces when someone brings an extra friend or cannot make it. There are drinks calculators online you can use to determine the number of beverages to purchase. When it comes to food, the rule is to make enough to serve additional two or three guests.
Be Strategic in Menu Planning
Stay away from a table laden with dishes which require last-minute preparation, recipes that have long preparation times, exotic ingredients or items which need plenty of time in the fridge or oven. Focus on doing as much preparation work as possible in advance. Find recipes which include instructions on planning ahead and cite what you can prepare early. You can chop vegetables the day before the party and make baked dessert a number of days before the event. Also, the table party must be set the night before. Don’t forget to purchase extra ice, lots of it!
During the party stay cheerful and relaxed to begin the party attitudes. Create a nice playlist to set the mood. To make everybody look sexier, more mysterious and of course prettier, have low lights.