Avoid Stressing Over Dinner Party Plans

posted by Chris Valentine

Are you one who likes to throw the occasional dinner party?

If the answer is yes, you want to do all you can to make sure those plans come to fruition without any major hitches.

So, how best to avoid stressing when the time comes to plan such a party?

Make Your Dinner Party a Winner

As you look to make your dinner party a winner, here are some thoughts to help you along the way:

1. It all comes down to planning – How good of a job you do with planning is essential to pulling off a good dinner party. That said you want to avoid last-minute planning. If you want to throw such a party, send some feelers out to outside family and friends. One thing to narrow down is a tentative date for the event. Also have a good sense of what most of those individuals coming like to eat. This will make it easier to come up with a winning menu. If you have any attendees who are strict vegetarians, keep that in mind when planning. Finally, make sure you have enough space in your home. That is so attendees will be comfortable and not feel like they are all clustered together.

2. Have the right accessories for the meal – Make sure you also have the needed accessories for the meal. For example, are you cooking steak on the grill? If so, you want to be sure you have the right dining ware for when everyone sits down to eat. Nothing makes steak more challenging than forks and knives that fall short. That is why it is a good idea to have Japanese steak knives available to all attendees. Such knives will make it much easier to cut through a thick and juicy steak. The same goes for having forks that make it easy to pick up each sliver of steak. Decide ahead of time if you want to go with fine china or paper plates and cups. No, you can use paper products if you so choose. Unless you are throwing a very formal event, paper will work. Doing so will save you time when it comes to washing dishes.

3. Get feedback from guests – As your party winds down or after the guests have gone, get feedback. With the idea that you will want to have more such parties down the road, getting some feedback is never a bad idea. Find out what people liked about your party. Were there things that stood out you could do again the next time the same way or perhaps with a little tweak or two? You might also get some healthy feedback that you know to change something the next time around. No, most people will not be mean in saying things they may not have liked about the event. Look at anything they say as constructive feedback and do not take in a personal manner.

The hope is all had fun and everyone went home with a full stomach.

Now, are you ready to plan another dinner party soon?

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