The fondest memories are made when gathered around a table.
Good friends, good food, good times
Ohhh! The perfect break from the everyday hustle of life, a holiday we all need. Do you remember the words gatherings, celebrations, reunions, get-togethers, and their meaning? You would say yes, but trust me, it’s not what you think.
Don’t get me wrong, but clubbing, brunch at a restaurant, concerts, and all the other things that just came into your mind while answering the above question does not justify the terms. I wonder what happened to cooking, planning dinners, sending invites, welcoming people into the house, hugging goodbyes. Just thinking about all of it makes the heart so happy.
Hosting dinners is one of the most loving things one can do for their loved ones. It’s not just about serving food; it is about showing how much you care for them. And yes, hosting can be challenging and a lot of work because we are a generation of consuming experiences and not creating them.
Giving homemade food to your guests is a metaphor for sharing and openness. Gathering around a table to consume it is a metaphor for the community. Eating together is a metaphor for mutual understanding. And you’ll be evoking these metaphors even if your food is overcooked, or if you burned it and had to serve water instead.
This is because people have not come to eat but to spend time with you. To ask you how you have been, to share their life instances, recall past moments together.
I hope the discussion has got you excited about hosting a dinner party, and to make the process less overwhelming, here are some steps to host the best dinner party of your life. Enjoy.
5 Step guide to host the perfect dinner party:
1. Advance planning
Some hours of advance planning and thinking can save you a lot of time and handwork when the day arrives nearer. Listing down the tasks is the best way to start. Decide when to host, the number of people to invite, where would they sit, things to be purchased, cleaning and ambiance, dishes you can cook, and, most importantly, the budget. These are some of the basic things you need to look into, but then there is a lot of depth to them as well.
E.g., after deciding the number of people to invite, you also need to think about who to invite. The crowd should complement each other. Making sure that everyone would get along and none would be left out is very important. Invite your guests around 2-3 weeks ahead so that they can arrange their timetable accordingly. Place the orders for the things you are outsourcing. Complete as much as you can and also get some help as well.
Don’t think hard but think easy; maybe give your party a theme like Bollywood movies, events from history, different cultures; this will add excitement and fun to the party. The key is to give yourself enough time to implement each task, so you don’t have the time to panic. Do not stress that it will make it hard for your brain to think straight.
2. Dinner party menu:
Food is the path to a person’s heart. It is one of the most important things you need to plan for the dinner party but also keep in mind that your guests are not there only to eat but to spend quality time with you. Cook simple food that you know you can handle, and everyone would like. Prepare food that can be done a day in advance, so there is less pressure on the day of the party.
Always keep the preferences of your guests in mind while planning the menu like specific allergies, if they are vegetarian or vegan. Put their comfort on your priority and alter your menu accordingly. Such small things can really create an impact. To make things interesting, you can also ask your guests to cook and bring something they can share. This way, everyone is included, and your party just became a lot more warm and cozy.
Here are some of our recommendations you can use to plan your dinner party menu.
The best part about it? It’s all vegetarian recipes; it’s all healthy, and its right there on our page. Here is the link to all the recipes and do give a try.
3. Set an ambiance:
The perfect dinner party requires more than just great food—it also requires the right atmosphere, the right mood, and the right ambiance. Learning to create an ambiance no matter what the budget is, is an art. The thing is we feel expensive pieces in the house would make it look better, but nothing as simple as flowers, candles, cleanliness, lighting, and some music will amp up your party like anything.
Flowers – Put up some vibrant fresh flowers as a centerpiece on the table.
Candles – Light up some candles and see how they magically change the whole ambiance. Its fragrance with the flower’s scent will be like heaven.
Cleanliness – There is nothing more attractive than a clean place. Even if there are no flowers or candles, the cleanliness will do all the work.
Music – Turn on some light music for the background. Make a playlist or play an already made playlist on music apps with the right genre.
It’s the simple things that make all the change. If you have time to spare, you can create your own Do-It-Yourself (DIY) decorations. More than anything else, joy should be the natural ambiance.
As a host, your personality would also contribute to the ambiance. Make your guests feel welcomed, and don’t be busy doing things; instead, interact more.
4. Games and discussions:
As part of your host duty, you need to make your dinner party more interesting with conversation starters or games. Ask your guests to share what is going in their lives, celebrate achievements, play some games, sing and dance. Maybe prepare some conversation topics in advance, so you don’t get lost during the party.
Games can be a great way to bring everyone together. Team your games with your theme, and if you don’t have a specific theme, here are some of our suggestions.
5. Enjoy yourself:
Be easy on yourself. Set expectations but do not dwell on things that don’t work out as expected. Be flexible and go with the flow. Being nervous wouldn’t make anything better, but worse as the tone of the party will be affected. Be there with your guests, and enjoy it. Your dinner party should be as unique as you are, and your attitude will show that. Get the help that you need without any compromise. Appreciate your efforts and put up your biggest smile and have fun.
One should know that not everything is forever. Hosting dinner parties are therapeutic for some people, and some other people dread it, and it’s okay. All we hope is this article will make your hosting experience better and comfortable.
Remember to share your hosting experiences with us in the comment section below; we would be delighted to read them.
Life is short, time is fast, no rewind, no replay. So enjoy and cherish every second of it.