Summer is already here, and so are the late-night dinner parties among friends. Do you wish to throw your friends a memorable soiree, one that they cannot stop talking about for days? Read on how you can become the perfect host for your friends without any additional stresses surrounding a typical dinner party:
Make a guest list:
The number one step to planning the perfect dinner is to decide on who to invite. As a golden rule, make sure you invite four to six of your closest friends, as any number of people above six would be too much, and they may have trouble gelling with the crowd. List down the names of friends closest and dearest to you, and do not forget to take note of their shared interests and common friends, otherwise, some of them may feel lonely or left out while others enjoy each other's company.
Plan your drinks:
While food is a priority at a dinner party, the drinks menu can not be neglected or given any less importance. Your party should have a signature cocktail to mark the night and make sure to include some non-alcoholic drinks as well if you have any non-drinkers showing up for the party. Start with a little mocktail of assorted summer fruits to add a nice little touch and keep an ice bucket handy for instantly chilled drinks.
Plan your menu:
Keep in mind the preferences, allergies, or other details of your guest list, and create a suitable dinner menu that is neither too casual nor too formal. You want to keep it light-hearted and fun while also ensuring that it qualifies as a proper dinner. If you haven’t cooked for a large number of people before, it is best not to experiment at this time and order food ahead of time. Make sure to order entrees and mains a little more than you think will be needed. It is also best to include vegan, kosher, or halal options, depending on your friends’ preferences.
Plan the ambiance:
Your guests will not simply be entertained via the delicious meals and drinks you have prepared for them alone, but they will also enjoy the ambiance you create for them at home. Adorn the dining area with moody lighting, light music, and fresh-smelling flowers to create the perfect summer vibe.
And there you have it, the perfect summer dinner party!