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4 Tips for Hosting a Dinner Party

My husband and I love entertaining and have been hosting dinner parties since before we were married. These something about inviting friends or family over for a night at home rather than going to a crowded and noisy restaurant that makes the evening more special. But, hosting can be stressful. Here are some tips to help ensure your party is enjoyable for both you and your guests!

Dress The Table

Start by setting the scene perfectly with your decor. I love setting a beautiful table. Dressing the table is all about selecting the right table linens, layering your plates, choosing a centerpiece or floral arrangement that fits your theme or style. If you need inspiration, there are so many beautiful tablescape ideas on Pinterest.

Make Something Simple But Do It Well

My husband is the chef, and he has several go-to menu options that he's made over the years that are quick to prep and easy to serve. A dinner party is not the time to try to make something complex. Select something simple that you know will be a hit because you’ve made it many times before. 

Focus On Your Presentation 

We all take our first bite with our eyes, so the way food is presented is essential. The focal point on the plate is usually the entree, grilled salmon, steak, etc. From there, create a clock adding any accompaniments. Just like decorating, groupings in odd numbers are more appealing to the eye.

Choose Something Special To Drink

A full-bodied red wine always works well with red meats, salmons, and tuna. That being said, have a few drink choices, including options for your guests who can't or don't drink alcohol. Tap water and sparkling water should be options, and to make it special, add fresh fruit slices or herbs such as mint.

What are some of your dinner party tips?

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