Hosting Your First Dinner
Your first task is to sit
Get the answers to these
Once your guests have
confirmed attendance its time to go to work!
Draw up a list of action points. You might not be a natural
list-maker but do trust us, this is a wise move. The action list should
detail what you need to buy, when you need to buy it and how you are going
to fit everything in on the day itself. Do it as a timeline if you find
this helpful. This is a good way of avoiding unnecessary suffering in the
kitchen on the night and it will make you feel in control.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The menu can make or
break a dinner party. This is part of the reason why the prospect of the
night is so nerve-wracking. The best piece of advice is to be realistic:
if you are not a culinary genius don’t pick out a cookery book by aimed
at Michelin starred chefs.
Keep the menu
uncomplicated and don’t be afraid of doing so. A dish compiled of
simple, fresh flavours gives the impression of culinary confidence and
skill. It’s possible that your guests may be fooled into thinking that
you are in fact a natural in the kitchen. A simple starter of salmon and
rocket salad with a marinated chicken breast and fresh vegetables for the
main course is one menu idea that will keep costs relatively low,
preparation time to the minimum and even the fussiest of guests, happy.
PUT PANIC ON HOLD
Try and do as much as you
can the night before. If you have to go to work on the day itself, you
don’t want to be rushing around in the few hours you have before the
guests start arriving. Marinating and vegetable chopping can be done in
advance. This is also a good opportunity to prepare a cold dessert that
can be stored in the fridge until it comes time to serve. Make something
like tiramisu or a cheesecake: they are easy, delicious and store well.
Get the table ready.
Doing this the night before is a great way to save time. Get the vase
ready for the flowers, put the CD in the stereo, choose your lighting
arrangement and get your outfit laid out so that you can spend the minimum
amount of time running around.
PLAYING THE PERFECT
When your guests start
If the dinner party is
Hosting your very first
dinner party is a big deal. The important part is the planning. Do as much
of this as you can but don’t be alarmed if things go wrong. Dinner
parties are meant to be enjoyable so keep smiling and if all else fails
call out for a takeaway!
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