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10 Essential Tips for Hosting a Dinner Party

tips for hosting a dinner partyPhoto credit: © Eatwell101.comIf 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 cardPhoto credit: © Eatwell101.com 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 carafePhoto credit: © Eatwell101.comJust 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 tipsPhoto credit: © Eatwell101.comColorful 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 platesPhoto credit: © Eatwell101.com
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 bowlPhoto credit: © Eatwell101.com
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 potPhoto credit: © Eatwell101.com
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 dessertPhoto credit: © Eatwell101.com 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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