When you decide to host a dinner party, a few questions pop into your head: who will you invite? What drinks will you serve? The dinner itself is obviously the focal point of the gathering, but the other factors will enhance your guests’ enjoyment of the meal. Here are a few things to consider when hosting a dinner party; set yourself up for soiree success!
The Ideal Guest List
Look at your dinner table. How many people does it comfortably seat? (If your dinner table has an extender, this number can vary.) Start compiling a list of six to twelve people. If you have a significant other, you could invite a group of couples; if you’re single, invite a mix of singles and couples.
A dinner party is not a meet-and-greet. Most of your guests should already know each other and enjoy one another’s company. To round out your guest list, invite one or two people you like but don’t know very well. “I’m throwing a dinner party Friday night. Would you be interested?” is a classic gesture. You’re letting them know that you’d like to get to know them better and you’re offering them the opportunity to meet a few new potential friends.
The Complete Dinner Experience
Plan out each element of your meal. What do you need to prepare ahead of time? Get your shopping done early so you’re not running around at the last moment trying to procure wagyu roast or swordfish steaks. Let Lone Mountain Wagyu take care of your main course and give you more time to brainstorm appetizer and dessert ideas.
Whether you’re mixing up signature cocktails for each course or sticking with classic wine pairings, make sure you have plenty to drink. Figure out ahead of time whether you have guests who don’t drink or who have dietary restrictions, and plan for equally tasty alternatives.
Enlist help in the kitchen or do prep work ahead of time so you can spend more time with your guests. As they arrive, greet them individually and offer them drinks as they settle in. If you’ve got the bulk of the work done (or prepped) already, you can take your time and relax with your friends. A host that’s rushing back and forth from the kitchen can make guests feel rushed to eat!
Once everybody is at the table, take the time to give a thoughtful toast. Raise your glass to food, friendship, and a bright future.
Hosting a dinner party is a unique challenge, but one that can prove rewarding and entertaining, both for you and your guests. Knowing what to consider when hosting a dinner party will keep the evening stress free!