The success or failure of a dinner party often comes down to elements that need to be prepared in advance.
Here are five basic tips to make your night a success.
1. Don’t be too ambitious
So as not to mess up your dinner party, especially from a culinary point of view, it is not advisable to embark on a challenge worthy of the greatest chefs.
In other words, it is better to opt out of cooking complex dishes, and stick with what you know (or is at least easy to pull off). Try to go for dishes you’ve already tried and cooked in the past, and the ones with the highest chance of success.
2. Take care of the decor and ambiance
The success of a dinner party not only rests on the quality of food served, but also the care given to the decor and atmosphere.
Flowers, and other decorative items that can be placed on the table will delight guests. You’ll make them all the more appreciative of the taste, and food served at your evening. On top of that, you can highlight and showcase the theme of your dinner party, assuming it has one.
3. Design the menu beforehand
The various dishes that will make up your dinner party are, hopefully, not decided the day-of. You’ll need time to reflect. This will make it possible to avoid hazards associated with preparation time, and acquisition of the necessary ingredients for the various recipes. You’ll also be able to tailor your menu based on your budget.
4. Demonstrate good timing
Some dishes require a specific time or preparation needed to be done at the last possible moment (to ensure freshness or enhance flavors).
You’ll need to take into account these requirements during the course of your dinner party. As the host (and cook), it is your responsibility during the dinner to ensure everything runs smoothly, and with minimal delays between dishes.
5. Know your guests’ culinary tastes
One of the main conditions for a successful dinner party is to offer your guests dishes based on their own preferences. Thus, it is highly recommended prior to the event to learn about any food that the guests do not enjoy, or at least ingredients they could be allergic to.
This will make it much easier on your side to design an appropriate menu. You’ll be able to match their expectations, and cook dishes you’re sure they’ll enjoy.