Just as it’s more meaningful to make a birthday card than it is to buy one, cooking for someone carries more weight than meeting at that trendy new restaurant in Flinders Lane.
But dinner parties can also be stressful. Too often we think of them as a reflection of ourselves rather than being hospitable. It takes the joy out of them, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Whether your place is set up for entertaining, like Glenvill Homes’ The Moda, or not, these six tips will take the stress out of dinner parties and put the fun back in.
1. Ready, SET, go
Tick something off your list by setting the table a day early. Not only will it give you time to polish that wedding silver you haven’t touched for five years, it’s one less thing to do on the day.
2. Just chill
Prepare cold appetisers and entrees the day before. Raw and cured fish dishes, such as sashimi and ceviche, are a brilliant option. If the dish components are ready, all you need to do is plate them up.
3. Leave yourself an hour
There’s nothing worse than opening the door to a flustered host in a dirty apron. Give yourself time to freshen up. It’s not just about you; it’s about making your guests feel welcome.
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4. House hop
No doubt you’ve spent some time cleaning up around the house, so don’t restrict people to the dining room. Start with canapes somewhere casual – outside is a winner during these warmer months – and serve a dessert that allows people to unwind somewhere comfortable.
5. Get help
Don’t carry the weight of the dinner party on your shoulders. If it’s in the budget, hire someone to help clean up and serve to give you more time with your guests. If you don’t want to leave anything to chance, call in the caterers.
6. The mood starts with you
Remember to enjoy yourself. The night is meant to be special, not induce anxiety. If you’re having a good time, you’ll subconsciously create a positive atmosphere for the people you’ve invited into your home.
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