Throwing an amazing dinner party is an art form, but luckily for you we’ve got the most coveted secrets for you in this post. Armed with this little known information, you can go forth and throw the most amazing dinner party there ever was…good luck!
Watch ‘Come Dine With Me’
We recommend that first of all you watch ‘Come Dine With Me’, but not for the reasons you might think. Very rarely there is a top notch dinner party worthy of copying on the show, but most of the time, you wouldn’t want to copy them. Watch this program and do the opposite of what the contestants do! Avoid cringy entertainment, cringy conversation, and for the love of god don’t try to be clever with your menu!
Practice Laying the Table
A great table layout can make the difference between a professional looking dinner party, and a pants looking dinner party. Make sure you follow the rules of laying the table, and find your placemats and tablecloths at Richard Haworth.
Choose a Few Simple, But Mouthwatering Dishes
When it comes to cooking your dishes, you want them to be mouthwateringly amazing. This means you shouldn’t cook dishes you aren’t sure about just because they sound impressive, or meals you haven’t had much practice cooking. Select courses that are simple but effective for the best outcome.
Come Up With Some Great Entertainment
Perhaps you could think of some fun party games for your guests to take part in – whatever you decide, your party needs some great entertainment. Try not to choose anything embarrassing or anything that will make your guests feel uncomfortable!
Make Sure You’re Booze is Fully Stocked
Dinner party guests usually guzzle down the alcohol like there’s no tomorrow, so make sure you’re fully stocked with a good selection of wine, beers, and anything else you think your guests might like. Also make sure you have a booze alternative, like juice and bottled water.
Create a Playlist
A great playlist will be the backdrop to your dinner party, and it’ll set the mood of your guests. Make sure you have some nice, relaxing tunes, thrown in with some more upbeat songs. We don’t recommend anything ‘out there’, like heavy metal, rock, or dance music (unless you know your guests are into that sort of thing). Your music should set the tone for the night, so start as you mean to go on.
Think Up Some Topics of Conversation
This all depends on how well you know your guests, but if you aren’t too familiar with them you might want to think up some topics of conversation to avoid awkward silences.
Get Rid of Pets and Kids for The Day
Pets and kids can really put a downer on a dinner party, what with the smells and hairs that come with pets, and the noise and tantrums that come with kids. Find a sitter and enjoy your dinner party!
Follow our advice and there’s no way your dinner party will be a snorefest. These tips are tried and tested (many of the lessons learned from watching Come Dine With Me), so we know what works!