Our top tips for hosting the perfect dinner party!

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 in Top tips | No Comments
Our top tips for hosting the perfect dinner party!
  • Remember your guests are already really happy to have been invited, so being a relaxed and happy host goes a very long way to creating the perfect mood.
  • If you love to entertain but cooking just isn’t your thing – one word, cheat! Nobody wants a host who is stressed out in the kitchen, so arrange a large plate of antipasti to start, get Mr Marks & Spencer to provide the main, and for dessert chop up some lovely fresh fruit alongside some ice cream, or serve a cheeseboard instead.
  • Love to cook but haven’t got the time to produce all three courses? The trend right now is for everyone to help out and bring a course, so allocate someone the starter and someone else the dessert, which leaves you free to concentrate your efforts on the main course.
  • Candles, candles, candles.  From lanterns on your front door step, to tea lights in the cloakroom, you can never have enough!
  • Organise your music in advance by creating a playlist – think about starting off gently and throughout the meal, then get more upbeat as the party gets into full flow.
  • Set the table earlier in the day if you can – times flies by and just seeing it done will make you feel more in control.
  • Have a tray of champagne or cocktails ready to offer your guests so everyone is happy while you sort out coats etc.
  • Don’t forget the drivers/non-drinkers.   Making an effort and offering something more exciting than sparkling mineral water will make them feel loved.  How about sparkling elderflower with a slice of lime over ice, or make a Seabreeze (4 parts cranberry juice and 2 parts grapefruit juice).
  • Make sure there are jugs of water on the table so your guests can help themselves.
  • But most importantly, relax, smile and enjoy your friends company in your lovely home!

And don’t forget,  for all your special, celebratory lunches and dinners, call the You are SO invited girls who will plan and create a spectacular party to be remembered  forever!

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