Hosting a Dinner Party? Tips for a Fantastic Get-Together
Memories are created when great friends and loved ones come together to celebrate one another. Whether the occasion is a simple get-together or a birthday party, food is always involved. If you’re opting to host a dinner party with friends, there are a few things you’ll want to remember so that the night is enjoyable for you and your guests.
As the months’ progress, the weather gets cooler. Make sure to turn on the heater ahead of time. This gives your home a chance to get warmer and it’ll also help you create a comfortable environment for your guests. Don’t invite your guests to a home that’s uncomfortably cold.
Consider the guests and what they desire. Ask if there are any dietary restrictions. Nothing’s worse than attending a dinner party and realizing you can’t eat anything. Once you finalize the guest list and confirm who will be able to attend, make sure there is a variety of foods that cater to your guests’ preferences. Finger foods are nice to have while the food is getting warmed up too.
Refreshing drinks are always nice to have at a dinner party. Make a fun spin on a large pitcher of water and infuse mint leaves and lime for a delicious infusion. Visit a wine emporium like JJ Buckley Fine Wines or someone similar and find out which wines will work best with your spread. Get a few bottles so that guests don’t feel restricted to one glass of wine. Also include juices and ciders for those who don’t drink alcohol.
Make sure that the windows, siding and doors are clean, dusted and free of fingerprints and smudges. This detail may not seem like it would make a difference. However, it really does. You don’t want to see dirt piling up on your windows from the outside or inside. Knowing this, power-wash them all. Plus, it’ll help you achieve a polished look. Vacuum the carpets and get them deep-cleaned as well. These steps will help your carpet appear brighter and fresher. If you have hardwood floors, make sure that you polish them. This keeps them looking beautiful and well-kept.
First impressions are lasting impressions. When guests pull up to your home, the first thing they’ll see is the front of your home. Is your curb appeal up to par? If not, consider purchasing a rake to clean up the leaves. Get a few potted mums to place outside of the home. Hang a wreath on the door. These touches add to the overall appeal of your home.
A Stress-free Dinner Party
Hosting a dinner party doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. As long as you consider the details and take your time to prepare, you and your guests will have an awesome time.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.