How Best To Prepare For A Successful Dinner Party
Everyone loves a good dinner party, whether it’s a sophisticated dinner, big family gathering, an intimate party with close friends or the last barbecue of the summer. However, if you’re planning on being the perfect host, there’s a whole lot of prepping and planning that needs to be done before your guests arrive.
Most importantly you need to decide on what you’re going to eat and drink for the occasion, but once you’ve got that sorted, purchased and ready to go, it’ time to start preparing your home, most importantly the kitchen and dining room.
In many modern homes the kitchen has become a multi-purpose space not just for cooking, but also doubling up as the hub for socialising and entertaining. Whether you have an open-plan kitchen dining room or two separate rooms, it’s likely that your guests will venture and possibly gather in the kitchen during your dinner party, so you need to make sure it looks neat and tidy, despite cooking up a storm.
Less Is More
First and foremost, the most distracting thing in a kitchen is lots of clutter on the worktops that on a normal day you may not even notice. But when you’ve got guests and you’re cooking an important dinner it’s a good idea to clear the worktops of any non-essential items, taking a less is more approach.
Leave any items out that you need to use during your dinner party, such as appliances and utensil, but hide away those you won’t be using. Keep paperwork, books and unsightly pots hidden away as they make a worktop look busy, but accentuate certain features with decorative accent pieces, such as well-placed fruit bowl or vase of flowers.
This will not only give you more room to work, but will also make your kitchen look organised and sleek, so guests will focus on the food and ambiance rather than the mess and clutter in the kitchen.
Along the same vein of clearing worktops, why not splash out on a completely new worktop that is sure to make your kitchen sparkle and give a lasting impression to your guests. And with no-clutter in sight, everyone will be able to marvel at its beauty.
Lay The Table
Wherever you’re eating you should pay close attention to laying the table. This isn’t something that should be rushed at the end, and simply laying out a few knives, forks and wine glasses won’t cut it if you want to impress your diners, so give yourself plenty of time to get it right.
Start by deciding on a colour scheme or theme for your table and make sure you have all your decorative pieces, along with table cloths, mats, crockery and cutlery ready in advance. Having a focal centrepiece is also a great addition to a well thought out dinner party, while making sure you have enough crockery, glasses and cutlery for each course, will save you having wash up between courses and allow you to focus on your guests.
The perfect dinner party is also about the detail and finishing touches. Little things like investing in some stylish ice buckets for wine will add an air of sophistication to the occasion, while keeping wine hidden and perfectly chilled. You can also dress the kitchen and dining room with fresh flowers and well-placed candles or low lighting to give wonderful mood lighting for the perfect evening.
As with any party the preparation is key. So if you’re planning a dinner party, don’t forget to give yourself plenty of time to make sure everything is just right and your kitchen is dressed to impress.