With everyone always on the go with work, family, and fitness routines, It is often hard to get all of your friends all together for one night. When you have the opportunity to schedule a dinner party with your crew, you know it will be a special night full of fun, laughs, and some heartfelt catch-up.
Follow these steps to impress your friends at your next dinner party.
Set The Right Ambiance
When your guests arrive, you want the space to feel welcoming and warm. A little attention and small touches will go a long way.
First, plan to spend some time cleaning and decluttering the spaces that your guests be entertained in. Fluff the couch cushions, put away your belongings to tidy up. If you spend an extra few minutes wiping down flat surfaces and vacuuming the carpets, your home will have freshness in the air.
Do not overlook the bathroom. Remove any items from the counter that may be part of your daily routine. Double-check to ensure you have extra toilet paper, hand towels, and handsoap readily available to your guests.
Choose background music that exudes the vibe you would like at the dinner party. By pre-selecting a playlist or creating your own, you can put the music on loop and not worry the music will stop in the middle of the dinner.
Ten minutes before your guests’ anticipated arrival, light a few soft scented candles.
Showcase A Cheese And Charcuterie Board
Creating a cheese and charcuterie is much easier to create than one would think. Impress your friends by throwing together a board they can nibble on during their initial arrival. The easiest and most cost-effective way to create a cheese and charcuterie board is to run to Trader Joe’s. Their extensive cheese selection is reasonably priced. Grab 2-3 various cheeses, a mixed pack of Italian meats, and red grapes at the store.
When you get home, cut the cheese, lay out the Italian meats, and spread the grapes around. Finish the board off with an accouterment like fig jam, honey, or apricot jam and various crackers. This display is both eye appealing and fun to eat.
Choose The Right Wine
Here are endless brands of wine and various varietals to choose from. When you are standing in the wine aisle at the grocery store, you may feel overwhelmed. To find wines that will please the crowd, find two red and two white wines that have a moderate taste.
A great option for white wine is Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a smooth tasting, crisp wine that does not taste overly sweet, oaky nor buttery.
For reds, you can not go wrong with a red blend, Merlot, Malbec, or Pinot Noir. A shiraz or red zinfandel may be too overpowering for some people.
Before your guests’ arrival, chill the white wine and shine up your glasses!
Elevate The Experience and Try New Foods
Another way to wow your dinner party guests would be to showcase foods that are unique and not something most people often eat. Serving a unique food would be a conversation starter and may make the night extra memorable.
Take this example. Imagine tickling your friends’ taste buds and with caviar. Many people do not know how to serve caviar, so if you deliver it successfully, you will knock their socks off.
Close The Evening With A Light Dessert and Coffee
Before you send your guests home, finish off the night with a sweet treat and hot coffee. Dessert is best served 15-30 minutes after dinner is complete. This will give your guests time to digest their dinner so the dessert will be enjoyable. After a night of grazing, a full slice of cake is not necessary. Make things fun and offer an assortment of mini desserts that the guests can choose from. Pair this with fresh coffee so your guests can feel alert during their drive home.
A Little Cautionary Tale
After an amazing night like this, your friends may demand you be the host for all future dinner parties.