Dinner parties are the perfect way to bring your loved ones together and enjoy some delicious food. While they are traditionally formal occasions, most people now host dinner parties to let their hair down and have fun in a relaxed environment.
There are lots of different things that you can do to spice up your dinner party and make it a night that your guests will never forget. It all comes down to serving the best foods and drinks, and keeping your guests entertained.
Here are some top tips to spoil your guests at your next dinner party.
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Take Your Dishes to the Next Level
We’re all aware of the classic dinner party foods, like steak, beef, salmon, and chicken. While there’s nothing wrong with the traditional dishes, switching them up and adding your own unique touch can impress your dinner party guests.
For example, instead of serving beef wellington, consider serving an A5 Japanese wagyu roast platter. Your guests may never have tried a meat-based platter like this, and they might find a new favorite dish.
Don’t Forget the Vegetarian and Vegan Guests
More and more people are choosing to cut meat and dairy out of their diets and it’s likely that at least one of your dinner guests is a vegetarian or vegan. You should always offer meat-free alternatives to your dishes with every course that you serve.
It’s best to ask your guests about their dietary preferences before you plan a dinner party menu. This way, you can make sure that you’re catering to everybody’s unique needs.
Some great vegetarian dishes include goat’s cheese tarts, tofu stir fry, sweet potato curry, and chili non carne. You can make most vegetarian dishes vegan by choosing non-dairy ingredients, such as vegan cheese or plant-based milk, instead of dairy-based options.
Offer a Selection of Drinks
While you may have a go-to drink to enjoy with your meals, your dinner party guests might have different preferences. It’s always good to offer at least two or three options when serving drinks to your guests.
Make sure there are non-alcoholic beverages available for those who prefer not to drink or aren’t old enough to drink alcohol. You can make some fruity mocktails or serve punch, sparkling water, or soda.
Create an Inviting Atmosphere with Music
Dinner parties aren’t just about food and drink. To host a successful evening of fun, you need to create a welcoming atmosphere that makes your guests feel comfortable in your home.
Playing music is one of the best ways to set the mood. Your guests can enjoy listening to some relaxing tunes or upbeat music while they’re waiting for you to prepare each course.
As the night progresses and your guests loosen up with a drink or two, they might even want to dance. This offers the perfect opportunity for you and your loved ones to bond!