As we get just a little older, our tastes a little more refined, we start spending time with our friends in different ways, as well. One occasion that becomes more common is the dinner party. It’s your chance to enjoy good food, good company, and good atmosphere, but when you’re the hostess, how do you make sure you get it right?

It’s all in the prep

First of all, you have to make sure that the home is ready for the guests. The more you do in advance, the better, since a lot of the day itself is going to be spent cooking and setting up. A thorough clean of the hallways, the dining area, and the bathroom is essential. Get any clutter out of the day that might either be a tripping hazard or simply distracting. Make sure you have enough seats and think about using scented candles to give the home a clean, appetising smell.

Try something new

A dinner party is a little more special than your average dinner. While it might be tempting to play it safe with a recipe that you would make for yourself every day, this can be a little underwhelming for guests who have made the effort of dressing up and making the trip. Try using ingredients they might not be familiar with, like with these beautiful partridge recipes. Of course, you have to make sure that you can cook it right before you serve it, so you should make a practice run for your and your family at least once before the big night.

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Make it a treat

The dessert, on the other hand, should be something new but also something that uses tastes they are familiar with. This is the comfort food after the meal and should end things on a positive note. A tasty, flavourful treat like dark chocolate avocado pots is the perfect example of a good dinner party dessert. Not too heavy, but not completely lacking in substance. You should make it something that’s easy for them to transport if they’re a little too full after the starter and main, as well, so they can take it home instead.

A little flair goes a long way

The dinner isn’t the only attraction of the dinner party. Besides the company, you want to make sure that they have the right setting and atmosphere to encourage the kind of conversation and fun that you want. Looking at some fancy dinner table setting ideas and try to choose one that fits the theme of the menu. If you’ve creating a menu of one country’s cuisine, look to that country for some decorative flair, for instance. It shows you put in the extra effort to entertain your guests.

The pressure when you’re hosting your first dinner party can be a little intense, so it’s wise to get as much done in advance before the evening itself. This offers a little more breathing room so you’re not running ragged when the guests start arriving.

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