Summer doesn’t feel complete without parties, barbeques, and block parties with all of your favorite family members and friends, does it? There’s nothing quite as nice as a bonfire on the beach, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer outside just to have some fun with your favorite people. Believe it or not, summer can be one of the best times to throw together a dinner party, in the sweet comfort of modern AC. If you’re looking for some tips for your next dinner party, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up our 6 favorite tips for your next dinner party!
Stick to The Basics
While it may be tempting to try that Pinterest recipe you’ve been eyeing for a few weeks, stick to what you know! If you get too crazy and put yourself under too much pressure, your first dinner party may be your last. Think about what you love to cook and what your family likes – stick with that!
Keep it Simple
On that same note, keep in mind to keep your meal choices fairly simple. Even if you are a Michelin star chef, think about what your friends and family love to eat and go from there.
Take The Shortcut on Dessert
I almost hesitate with this tip because I LOVE to bake, but desserts can take a lot of time to make and are usually associated with a lot of trial and error. If your heart can handle it, try to buy a dessert that can be heated up in the oven on the night of your gathering. If you can’t imagine not making a dessert in your own kitchen, make one the night before so you’re not stressed out with something else on your plate on the day of.
Ask about Restrictions
This is SUCH an important aspect when it comes to hosting a dinner party! Make sure there are no restrictions you need to be aware of. This includes gluten sensitivities, vegan options, or allergies.
Ask For Help If You Need it
Throwing a dinner party is a HUGE task and there is no shame in asking for help! Your friends will love to help out and be a part of the planning and execution, and you’ll never regret asking for help when you need it.
Make Sure You Have Enough Time
Last but not least, make sure you have enough time to do everything you’re planning. If you’ve got a five-course meal, make sure you have allotted enough time fo reach of those courses, setting the table, refilling drinks, etc! Map out when your guests will be sitting down to eat and work backward from there.
Hosting a dinner party doesn’t have to be painful, overwhelming, or feel impossible. With a few adjustments, you’ll be a seasoned vet in hosting dinner parties in no time. What are some of your favorite tips for your next dinner party? Let us know in the comments below!