The holidays are fast approaching, and you know what that means: It’s dinner party season! Before you rush to send out the invitations, brush up on our top entertaining tips for throwing your best dinner party yet.
Food is obviously the cornerstone of any successful dinner party. Whether you’d rather stick to the dinner party basics or add a new dish or two to your repertoire, look no further than the SampleHouse cookbook. From smoked ribs or a beautiful pork tenderloin to a full selection of vegan dishes, the SampleHouse cookbook has everything you’ll need to please a crowd.
If you’re new to throwing dinner parties, go with what you know and choose a foolproof recipe you’ve made before. If you really want to try a new recipe, give it a test run the weekend before to make sure you’re comfortable with it.
As the date of the party approaches, do your future self a favor and get as much prep done as possible a day or two ahead of time. Dinner party on Saturday? Go to the store Thursday, clean and chop the vegetables on Friday and set the table first thing Saturday morning.
Drinks and Decor
Pick up some cute stemless glasses or fun colorful glassware from SampleHouse to set the tone for a fun, fabulous evening. While you’re at it, stock up on pretty cocktail napkins, seasonal serving dishes and even some disposable flatware and tableware for easy clean-up.
If you’re looking to set the mood with some scented candles, aim for fresh, clean scents that won’t conflict with the aroma of the food. Fresh flowers are also a great way to add some color and texture to the table. If your dinner party is a bit more formal and you’re in need of a centerpiece or two, you can make your own with clusters of candles, flowers and even books or seasonal items, such as pinecones or autumn gourds.
Finally, go easy on yourself! Not everything has to be from scratch. Buy your baguettes and pastries at a bakery, pick up a cheese and fruit tray from the grocery store, and let your guests mix their own drinks. We promise you won’t look like a dinner party slacker — in fact, it’ll help you be a more relaxed, sociable host. So save yourself some time and remember that parties are supposed to be fun!