Tips to easily host a dinner party for friends and family!
As busy moms it feels overwhelming to attempt to host a dinner party. The house needs cleaning but by the time the party happens the children have completely destroyed it. Then there is the food. While the kids are off destroying your freshly cleaned home you are trying to get a meal on the table. Then fashionably get dressed, put on a smile and enjoy yourself! The host is the one that sets the tone of the party. Nobody wants a nervous host that is not at ease because guest will feel that tension. But how do you accomplish that if you are doing 20 things at once to get the party ready all while keeping those children of yours out of the mud?!
I hope that doesn’t scare you.
Hosting a dinner party can feel overwhelming and complicated but it doesn’t have to be. Planning and preparing ahead of time are the key ingredients to a successful party. Once you have nailed that down, the rest is golden!
The following tips will help you start planning your party, keep things smooth and keep you calm.
8 Tips To Easily Host A Dinner Party:
- Set the date ahead of time, 2-3 weeks. If it is informal with friends, 1-2 weeks is fine.
- Two days ahead get the grocery shopping done and make the dessert and any food that can be stored in containers. This is a good time to chop vegetables for the appetizers and meal.
- One day ahead decorate the cake, marinade any meats and make any other food. Lasagna is good as it can be reheated or cooked right before the party and frees up making anything the day of.
- On the party day clean the house. Try to stay out of the house the rest of the afternoon to avoid having to clean it again. Assemble any salads, and store ready in the refrigerator. Set the table in the morning and set up your drink bar. Get any last minute drinks and items.
- Two hours before the party get the kids ready and let them have quite time while you get yourself dolled up and feeling good! Finish any cooking or get ready to start. About 30 minutes before the party turn on the music and light the candles. Your home will feel and smell amazing as guests arrive.
- Have drinks for both adults and children available and easily accessible for guests to serve themselves.
- Prepare enough seating. If space is tight, pull out any extra chairs in the house for guests to sit comfortably.
- Enjoy. Relax.
Recently I just hosted a dinner party of about 20 guests. Here is a run-down on how the planning went. All the shopping was done a couple of days before the party. Our menu was a veggie try to serve as guests arrive followed by Crockpot Tex Mex Quinoa topped with Cashew Cheese, Fava Bean Salad and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies for dessert. I made the cookies the day before, peeled the fava beans and cut all veggies. It was the easiest dinner party I have ever planned. A lot of it had to do with a simple menu and planning everything ahead of time. The morning of the party I cleaned the house, put dinner in the crockpot and made the fava bean salad. The kids and I then left the house most of the day. When we got home in the afternoon they had quite time as I quickly vacuumed and got myself together and assembled all the dishes. Literally there was nothing to do except enjoy guests when the party started. Everyone had the best time playing in the backyard, relishing over a delicious meal and laughing until our bellies hurt. The point is hosting a dinner party can sound overwhelming but a simple dinner menu will do just fine.
Healthy Menu Ideas For An Effortless Dinner Party:
Veggie trays with hummus, stuffed mushrooms, cheese served with figs, olives and healthy nuts.
Salad, slow cooker chicken, slow cooker meals, vegetarian slow cooker Tex-Mex quinoa, grilled fish, fresh asparagus, carrots or beans sautéed in olive oil, garlic and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, lasagna, quiche, soup
Cake, pie, tarts, cookies, fruit salad with fresh coconut whipped cream, apple or peach crisp, blackberry cobbler with ice cream
Planning and preparing ahead of the time are the secrets to hosting the perfect party. If you are a beginner or just don’t want to fuss in the kitchen- dishes such as lasagna, quiches or pot-pies are a good solution. They can be made ahead of time and simple reheated 30 minutes before the party. Or simmer the main course in the slow cooker all day and your time is free to enjoy the loves around you!