How to Plan a Dinner Party

Create a guest list

Give yourself plenty of time to prepare when you plan a dinner party. Pick the date that you want to host on at least a month in advance. Once your date is established, the next step (which is really the first) is to create your guest list, but it’s not as simple as scribbling a bunch of names on a piece of paper. You’ll want to opt for an interesting mix of people who will mesh well when they’re together.

Assuming you know your friends well, try to think of whose personalities will complement one another. You also want to ensure that you invite a “comfortable” amount of people to entertain — 8 to 10 is usually a good guest count.

Once you’ve decided who will be attending, send out the invitations. E-vites are a convenient way to go about this. Remember to include all the essentials: date, time, location, and the latest possible time and phone number for RSVPs (but only if you decide to go that formal when conceive your dinner party). In the invite, address the look or style of your dinner party. Whether it’ll be a casual clambake or a formal five-course dinner, be creative and have fun with it.

Put it all together

Once you have a confirmed number of guests, start putting everything together. Make a list of everything you’ll need and give yourself a few days to get it all. Prepare your house for the party and if you have pets, make sure that you have a separate area for them, as some guests may have allergies or a fear of animals. It’s very important that all of your guests are comfortable and able to enjoy the party.

Create your menu

Although you probably already have an idea about what you want to serve, now’s the time to select your menu. When you plan a dinner party, don’t plan to try to cook something new.

Make sure to consider the guests that are attending and what would be appropriate to serve. You also want to think about what you can prepare ahead of time; things that won’t require a lot of attention in the kitchen. You never want to spend your time cooking in the kitchen when you should be entertaining your guests.

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