Good planning is essential for a successful dinner party. Planning
things in advance will not only ensure that all your guests will
be able to make it, but also you will be relaxed and well prepared.
to arrange the date as early as possible to give people the opportunity
to make arrangements to be there.
out your guest list
out the invitations as soon as you have decided on the date of
the food for the party is probably the most fun aspect. If you are
not confident in the kitchen then do not be too adventurous there
is nothing wrong with simple dishes, but the sky is the limit with
sure that your choice of menu doesn't keep you in the kitchen
all night, guests are there to see you not necessarily for the
food. That is an added bonus.
food in advance.
dressing until the last minute to avoid soggy salad.
with guests for any food allergies.
if any of your guests are vegetarians. Remember there are different
types of vegetarians, some eat fish others (vegans) will not eat
anything with any animal produce at all. Talk to your guests they
will be willing to let you know of any dietary requirements beforehand.
usual rule for wine is white with white meat red with red meat.
See our wine guide for some recommendations.
a non-alcoholic substitute i.e. orange juice or spritzer.
to have fun with the occasion your guests will be more willing to
return to a happy host and more importantly you will look forward
to the next one, although maybe not as you are doing the washing