Hosting a dinner party is a great way to get your family and friends together while enjoying nice food and great company. Whether or not you have hosted a dinner party before, it is good to know some tips so that your party can go as smoothly as possible. On that note, here is a guide on how to host a great dinner party with your family and friends.
Enough dining space
The last thing you want is to host a dinner party and there isn’t enough space for everyone to sit comfortably and enjoy their food. Thus, make sure to have enough space for the number of people you invite. If you only have enough space for six guests, then make sure to stick to that number so that the party isn’t cramped and uncomfortable.
An extendable dining table is a great way to maximize your space while still being able to dine with your entire friends and family. You can extend it out when guests arrive and then contract it when they leave so that you can enjoy your space when you aren’t hosting guests.
Send out invites early
Whether you want a social Saturday or a mid-week dinner get-together, inviting people way before the date will ensure that everyone will attend that you invite. You and your invitees might be disappointed if they are given the short notice and can’t make it due to other commitments.
Thus, send out invites as early as possible so that the idea in your head can come to fruition.
Set an ambiance
There is nothing worse than going to an event with no atmosphere or ambiance. If your friends and family haven’t met each other before, silence can cause it to feel awkward. However, as soon as music is on everyone can relax and enjoy themselves. Therefore, it is important to set an ambiance.
Dinner parties are great when they are dully lit with great music playing. You could choose your music depending on your theme or the food. For instance, you could play French jazz if you are hosting a cheese and wine party. Or, you could play some Spanish salsa music if you are hosting a Mexican feast.
Likewise, also use decor to enhance the atmosphere. Some candles and a cozy setting will make the party more inviting and relaxing.
Ask for help
Although you will want to be the host or hostess, it is important to ask for help so that you don’t have to do everything alone. Preparing the food and making the drinks is a lot of work for one person. Thus, ask for help with setting up or serving the food and drinks so that you aren’t left to do everything alone.
You could ask a guest of the party who is familiar with hosting themselves. Or, you could hire someone to help with the food or waiting so that you can sit back and relax at some point and enjoy the party.