Hosting a dinner party can be both exciting and nerve wrecking. Thankfully, the following tips can help ensure your party goes as planned.
Dinner Party Planning Tips
As the host of a dinner party, you are expected to provide your guests with food, beverages and good company. While this may sound fairly easier, planning and executing the event can be stress-inducing. Thankfully, that doesn’t have to be the case if you consider the following party planning tips.
When planning your party, you must consider what type of atmosphere you are going for and then tailor the other aspects of the party to that. Are you going for a formal or casual type of party? This will greatly affect the type of food and beverages you serve. Whatever you choose, make sure to convey the type of party you are throwing to your guests so they can plan accordingly. If hosting the party outside, make sure to have a backup plan, such as moving the party indoors, if adverse weather should occur. You can control a lot of things, but the weather isn’t one of them. Furthermore, make sure you have enough common party supplies for the number of people who you invite. If you don’t have the necessary items to throw the dinner party, such as chairs and serving wear, consider seeking the help of an event rental company.
A balanced menu helps improve any type of dinner party. This means serving a wide array of foods that pair well with one another. An example being cheese coins served alongside shrimp or crab salad next to traditional quesadillas. If, however, your party is less dinner and more cocktail, plan on serving seven to nine hors d’oeuvres per hour for every person attending. You should also consider offering at least one vegetarian dish to accommodate your guests. This may be unnecessary if you speak with your guests beforehand to ensure they won’t require any special dietary needs.
Most dinner parties place an emphasis on alcoholic beverages and often overlook the guests who may decline these adult drinks. Because of this, you should have other options on hand. Some hosts find that soda and bottled water negatively affects the atmosphere they are trying to convey. Thankfully, you can maintain the elegance of the event by offering your guests sparkling water or sparkling grape juice as an alternative to alcohol.