What’s the point in honing your culinary crafts if you aren’t going to host a party? Showing off, ahem, sorry hosting an event is an excellent way to bring people together and have fun. And yes, it’s great when people say “oh my God, the food is delicious.” It warms the heart as well as the cockles and mussels. This is the best case scenario, though. Usually, everything doesn’t go as smoothly as the refined pate on the menu. Stress is everywhere and it’s hard to eliminate. If Gordon Ramsay loses his cool, how are you supposed to cope?! The answer is by following this guide to a hassle-free dinner party. Bon appetit.
Fine Tune The Group
The people who turn up at your door are a big part of the success of the night. Sure, the food will be the centerpiece but no one wants to play party politics. Guests who don’t like each other are bound to be icy, and this is another unnecessary worry. And, would you look at that – the potatoes have burnt now because you’re trying to keep them apart. In a perfect world, we would all get along yet this planet is by no means infallible. So, pick a good group of men and women who like one another and enjoy each other’s company. Womanandhome.com has a list of people to stay away from.
Ask About Dietary Restrictions
“I’m sorry but I’m a vegetarian.” Those are the words a host doesn’t want to hear when dinner is getting ready to be served. Even worse is hearing the word vegan. Do you want to give me a heart attack?! As someone who takes food and parties seriously, it is no problem to prepare a special dish just for them. However, it’s important to no well in advance to give you time to adjust. Always double-check if there are dietary restrictions beforehand to be sure.
Clear The Clutter
Yes, yes, it’s unbecoming to welcome people into an untidy home. Granted, this is true but there is another reason: accidents. When a person opens the door to guests, they take liability for trips and falls and general well-being. If it is avoidable, there’s a good chance you’ll be on the web looking at EmrochandKilduff.com for most of the night. Okay, it’s a bit of a stretch to some people but it’s incredible how many parties end in lawsuits. To avoid legal action, clear away anything which is dangerous or has a sharp edge. Or, warn people so they can steer clear.
Stick To What You Know
It’s opening night and you want to impress. So, the menu gets rewritten and you serve dishes which you’ve never cooked before. Big mistake because mistakes are bound to happen. Instead, stick with the tried and tested. Is chicken a bit of a specialty? Maybe you’re an expert at cooking Mediterranean-seared scallops to within an inch of their life? Great, then put these dishes on the menu and let the food do the talking.
Otherwise, the party will be a dud and you don’t want that to happen, right?