We all know that cooking for a dinner party can be stressful. But, with the right amount of preparation and organization, you will end up having a stress-free evening. For any well-organized host or hostess, it’s essential to have these four tips in place before your guests arrive.
#1 Prepare everything ahead of time
The first thing you need to do is prepare everything ahead of time. This will help you avoid any last-minute frustration, which can ruin your party if not controlled properly. If you are responsible for the drinks, too, make sure that they’re ready before your guests arrive and pour them into ice-filled glasses or pitchers (if using wine).
This way, when people arrive at the door with their coats filled up on hangers, all they’ll have to worry about is hanging it in the wardrobe! Don’t forget; you might want some extra time to get changed yourself after prepping everything else!
#2 Set aside enough time to finish preparations on the day of the event
Don’t forget to make sure you set aside enough time on the day of your dinner party in order to finish all preparations. You don’t want to leave last-minute things until the morning because there’s a high chance that you will run out of time and be stressed before anyone arrives. If anything needs cooking, do it ahead of time; if not done already during preparation (see point number one). Speaking of cooking, be sure not to forget about a decadent red velvet cake or something else a little sweet for dessert!
In addition to this, make sure to finish any last-minute cleaning and tidying as well.
As the host or hostess of your party, you will be busy enough with friends and family during the night; therefore, everything must be ready for them when they arrive on time! This way everyone can enjoy their evening without having anything else to worry about (except maybe taking some really nice photos!).
#3 Ensure there is entertainment
Another thing to consider is entertainment – music! Make sure that there’s enough background noise or an interesting playlist for all guests. You don’t have to be a DJ, but you could even create a separate Spotify account and share it with everyone so they can pick their own tunes, too (if not at the dinner table).
This way, people won’t feel awkward when choosing from one of two songs on the tablet or laptop playing in the corner of the room. In addition, this will also help avoid any embarrassing silence if someone doesn’t know what mood should be set during certain occasions. Not only great entertainment but very thoughtful as well!
#4 Put in some effort with the table
Last but not least, as the host or hostess of your dinner party, you should take some time to put in an effort with how your table looks. This doesn’t mean that it has to be over the top and extravagant; just nice enough so people can feel comfortable sitting at a nicely set table during their evening! It’s also very thoughtful for any guests who bring something along (such as wine) – making sure there is space on the kitchen counter/dresser, etc. – just adds a little touch too.