The Hostess with the Mostess
Around this time of year hosting a dinner party becomes more and more popular as a way to entertain friends. With the New Year in full swing, people seem to be of the mentality that dressing up in a dinner suit is the most acceptable attire, which is probably something to do with the fact we’ve all been bombarded with glitzy, formal wear from the party season. A dinner party is one of the most sophisticated, fun and easy ways to entertain your friends and family but there are a few crucial tips to bear in mind if you want to host the ultimate dinner party this month.
Your guests should never be without a drink or some form of nibble or snack. As your guests arrive, offer them wine, beer a spirit or a soft option.When your guests are seated at the table, no one should ever have to ask for a refill. This means you’ll have to keep a constant eye on the glasses around the table. Speaking of the table, pre-plan a seating arrangement (especially if you’re inviting people who won’t necessarily know one another). Try to split couples up so conversation doesn’t transform into a kiss mid-way through dinner, and try to alternate genders. Post-dinner entertainment is a great option, so whether it be as simple as a few hilarious (but totally controlled) drinking games after food, or something as extreme as live music, it’s always a winner.
Be mindful of the obvious food faux pas – are there vegetarians attending? Does anyone have a food allergy? Suss out these things well in advance so you can prepare your food accordingly. There’s nothing worse than a rushed, last minute vegetarian option that’s clearly been remembered as an afterthought. Take time to prepare each course with your guests in mind.
Themes are a fantastic way to set precedence for the night, and instantly add a touch of fun and spontaneity. Fancy dress is a great conversation starter if your guests are unfamiliar with one another, plus it lightens the tone if you suspect there will be any awkward silences. If you set no theme but want your guests to turn up looking their best, simply state ‘black tie’ on the invitation. You’ll look ultra-sophisticated and what’s more, you can pick up cheap suits relatively easily so there’s no need to panic about the price tag either!
Finally, remember to relax! This is your night, so revel in what a success the night has been.