10 Essential Tips for Hosting a Dinner Party

Sep 4, 2014
Sidney Yang

tips for hosting a dinner partyIf you don’t know how to get the party started but want to make a great impression on your guests, follow these 10 tips for entertaining at home.

1. Make your invites more personal

party invite card A handwritten invitation on a beautiful card is a personal and meaningful way to connect with your friends and guests.
Custom invite cards – iPrintery

2. Prepare versatile drink mixers

modern glass carafeJust like one-pot cooking, make cocktail mixers that can be also great on their own for non-alcohol drinkers.
MENU Vignon Multi Carafe – $60.00 Amazon

3. Add a splash of color

entertaining tipsColorful drinking glasses add an element of fun on your table and can also sparkle conversations.
Unique Colored Wine Glasses 16-oz, set of 4 – $39.99 Amazon

4. Invest in beautiful plates

bonechina dinner hutton turqoise plates
Even the simplest hors d’oeuvres, salad, crostini, or cheese are impressive when served on beautiful plates.
Hutton Bone China Dinner Plate – $40.00 B By Brandie

5. Scale up your salad bowl

large salad bowl
Make a bold statement on your table. A large salad bowl will enhance your presentation and prevents the greens from spilling out while you toss it.
Alessi Stainless Steel Salad serving bowl – $94.00 Amazon

6. Don’t spend too much time in the kitchen

stainless steel pot
What a party is about if the hostess is stuck for hours in the kitchen? A one-pot make-ahead dish is a must for the main course, so you can spend more time with your guests. Prepare a delicious slow-braised, melt-in-your-mouth dish that you can bring directly to the table.
Commercial Grade 8 QT (Quart) Heavy-Gauge Stainless Steel Stock Pot – $40.97 Amazon

7. Opt for a double dip dessert

champagne sorbet dessert Get Champagne and ice-cream in one dessert! Pre-scoop the balls of ice cream or sorbet and keep them in the freezer so you can put the desserts together in a cinch at the very last minute.
Get the Champagne sorbet recipe here.

(Headline picture via Caramelized Blog)

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