Hosting a dinner party can be pretty stressful. Do I have enough food? What about drinks? Will I have time to clean the house? How many people are actually coming? Tony Hakim has some tips on how to make hosting a dinner party easy and fun.
Be Prepared and Organised
When organising a dinner party, lists are your best friend. The last thing you want is to be stuck in the kitchen, stressed and flustered while your guests hang around getting hungry. Make a list of things you can buy ahead of time, such as cheese and biscuits, drinks, meat you can freeze, salad dressings and sauces, etc. This will definitely take the pressure off and you will only have a few things to buy the day before the party.
- Food prep
Think about what meals you can prepare beforehand. Salads can be made around lunchtime, just make sure you cover them and keep them in the fridge. Another thing you can do is prepare separate elements of a dish ready so all you need to do is bang them together when the guests start arriving.
Ask your guests in advance if they have any special dietary requirements. It can be quite embarrassing when your gluten-free friend turns up and all you have for them is a boring salad.
It’s always a good idea to buy slightly more than you think you’ll need, and to grab some chips and dips as some extra emergency supplies. This goes for wine as well, buy more than you think you will need, and if it turns out you’ve bought way too much – hey, more for you later! And don’t forget to bulk-buy the ice too.
Make sure you do the housework the day before, and decorate and set the tables in the morning. This will make you feel more relaxed, and decorating is fun so you want to be able to take your time and enjoy it.
Stick to what you know
It’s tempting to try out a new recipe to try and impress your friends, but it is better to play it safe. If you do have your heart set on trying out those butter popcorn macaroons you found on Google, maybe try them out a week or two beforehand to see how you handle it.
Get your guests involved
If someone offers to help you out in the kitchen, there is no need to pretend you can cope all on your own. Give them a task, that way you actually get to enjoy the company of the people you invited, rather than being stuck in the kitchen alone. Plus it’ll get the food out faster so you won’t be worried about everyone being hungry.
Sticking the blokes on BBQ duty is always a great idea too, they love it and it keeps them out of your hair. See if you can stick your best friend on drink duty as well.
Why host a dinner party if you are not even going to have a good time? That’s the whole point of it. Try following Tony Hakim’s tips on how to make hosting a dinner party easy, we’re sure you will find the whole thing much more relaxing and fun. Bon appétit.