Preparing for a dinner party may seem like a lot work however, planning ahead can make the whole process a lot easier and less stressful.
If you are throwing a dinner party over the weekend, it would not be a good idea to start the planning process a day or two before. Especially planning a day before, will not only increase your workload but it would also increase your stress levels and because you are rushed there is also a good chance that you may forget to do certain things.
For example, if you are the one cooking for the party and you pay attention to the broken oven in your kitchen only the day before the party, then you will be in big trouble. To avoid this type of chaotic and unpleasant situation, plan ahead. Then you can attend to things like a broken oven early by contacting a fast St George oven repairs service to fix it for you.
Whom to invite?
Before deciding who you want at your party, you first need to decide on whether you want to throw a small intimate dinner party or do you want to host the party of the year? If it is the former, then inviting five or six of your close friends would be ideal and if it is the latter then inviting your friends, co- workers and distant relatives would be the way to go. Once you decide what kind of party you want to have and whom you want to invite you can then decide on other factors such as the menu, the number of drinks to get etc.
It is important that your menu has variety. It is vital to keep in mind that not all your guest will eat and drink the same thing. For instance, some of your guest may love meat and others may not touch it. Therefore, you need to ensure that you cater to the meat eaters, the vegetarians and the vegans in the group. Allergies is another important factor to consider.
You may not know all the allergies your friends have therefore it is important that you remember all the ingredients you used and write it down and place it next to the food. That way your friends know exactly what they are eating or drinking. Having both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks is ideal as not everyone drinks alcohol. Therefore, being creative and having delicious cocktails as well as mock tails would add to the inclusivity of your menu.
Rearrange the house
If the dinner party is at your house, then you need to decide where in your home you want to have it. For instance, if you live in an apartment and you want to use the rooftop, then you need to ask ahead as you will likely need the permission of the building manager to ensure it does not clash with any other residents plans to use the rooftop that same evening.
If you are having it inside your home, then you may need to rearrange some of the furniture around to make room for the guest. If you plan to entertain your guest in the garden, make sure you have a backup plan in case it starts to rain.