Although having guests over for dinner isn’t something you can do right now in the UK, it’s still nice to look ahead and think about what you will be able to do in the future. Naturally, as soon as things return to some kind of normal, you’ll want to see your nearest and dearest again in person rather than via video chat, so throwing a dinner party is a great way to bring everyone together. Below are a few tips on how to host an excellent dinner party that everyone will enjoy.
As much as you might want to see everyone at once, make sure you don’t go overboard with the guestlist. Remember, you’ve got to cook enough food for everybody, and if you invite too many people, it will only mean more time spent in the kitchen for you, as well as a much bigger expense. You should also think about how well your guests get on with each other, as inviting two people who always seem to clash when they’re together will only risk awkward moments, and no one wants to feel uncomfortable at a party.
When hosting a dinner party, there is pressure to pull out all the stops and serve up a complex gourmet meal. While thinking outside of the box and putting the effort in to make something special is important, you should also stick to dishes that are within the limits of your cooking skills. Dinner parties aren’t always the best time to get experimental and to try new, complicated recipes in case they go wrong. Sometimes it’s the simpler dishes that taste the best anyway.
It’s a party, so why not splurge a little? Besides, quality ingredients will only make your dishes taste even better. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but consider getting your ingredients from independent grocers and butchers if you can. They tend to have better quality produce than supermarkets and have local suppliers who are better for the environment. If you’re struggling to find anywhere like this locally, you can find online butchers UK as well as baked goods and fruit and vegetable boxes that can be delivered to your door.
No dinner party is complete without a few good bottles of wine to wash everything down with. Select wines that will complement the dishes you’re making. If you’re not sure about which wine will go with your meal, you can find expert opinions online. If you want to make the night even more special, serve some cocktails either before or after dinner to impress your guests. Either way, make sure you have a few different types of beverages so there will be something for everyone.
Finally, although the food will take centre stage at your dinner party, you want to make sure you’re creating the right atmosphere for people to relax and have fun. Choose lamps and candles rather than brighter ceiling lights that can be a bit harsh. You should also put on some background music that’s upbeat but relaxed so people won’t feel like they should be in a nightclub.
Dinner parties are a great way to bring people together and show off your culinary skills. Use these tips to help you throw a great one when you can invite people over again.