HOW TO THROW A DINNER PARTY WITH LITTLE TO NO DRAMA
First things first, go steady with the red whilst you’re prepping. It’s only when your guests are knocking at the door that you’ll realise quite how pissed you are. And secondly, plan ahead. The last thing you want is to get home from work on a Friday night and suddenly, as you’re slipping on your jim jams, remember you promised four of your best pals beef wellington and pavlova to follow…not ideal.
Whether it’s a more manageable meal for four, or you’re hosting this weeks’ dinner club, serve up a supper to impress without a drop of sweat and certainly without any tears. Here’s the run down of how to get through a dinner party where the only hiccups will be from the happy, somewhat inebriated, guests in the taxi home.
Fancy dress is definitely a no. Just because you saw it on come dine with me, doesn’t make it right. Some of those people have ferrets…pet ferrets. Enough said.
DRESS THE TABLE
How the table looks, sets the vibe for the night so get creative and put in a little effort with your place settings. Making things look real nice, doesn't have to break the bank though. Top tip - use IKEA tea towels as napkins and people will be talking about it being ‘such a clever idea’ at this dinner party, and the next, and the next. Hostess with the mostest award goes to…smug faced you.
GO EASY ON YOURSELF
Save yourself some time in the kitchen and serve at least one cold course. Starter or pud is best, a palette cleanser at the start or something light and refreshing at the end.
Last but definitely not least, keep your eyes on your guests glasses and keep them topped up with Jesus juice. Invest in arrival cocktails, they’ll break the ice and get people talking, plus it looks fancy.