Tips for an Easier Dinner Party

August 13, 2018

Throwing a dinner party can be a stressful event, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few tips that will make it easier for you to throw a fantastic dinner party.

Don’t Be a Slave to the Stove

The easiest way to take the stress out of a dinner party is to cook as much as possible before your guests arrive. I often opt for slow cooking dishes like stews and braises. Sometimes I even cook the dish the night before and simply reheat before everyone arrives.

If beef bourguignon is not your thing, why not throw a potluck? Throw out a theme, make the main dish, and let everyone else bring the appetizers and side dishes. Even easier, grab a bunch of frozen pizzas from Trader Joe’s, make a salad, and call it a day.

Don’t Deny Help

Most dinner party guests will offer to help in some way. No need to be a dinner party martyr, take them up on the offer! Plus, if you know someone loves to cook, there is no shame in asking them to bring a specific dish.

You can also ask people to bring drinks, appetizers, salads, and desserts since these items typically require little-to-no prep or can be picked up at the store on the way over.

Don’t Clean Your House

While I always have the best intentions to clean the house from top to bottom, I usually run out of time because I’m so focused on the dinner part of a dinner party.

My favorite way to “clean up” is to gather everything that is laying out in the public spaces, dump it in one of the bedrooms, and swiftly close the door. If you have an extra ten minutes, then clean the bathroom really quick.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Though probably easier said than done, try to let go a little. Some of your friends may be impressed by your chef-worthy menu and magazine-ready table setting, but entertaining is all about people and your guests are there for your company.

Instead of spending all of your time on the details, focus on having fun and everyone will enjoy your dinner party that much more.

P.S. Tips for last-minute entertaining and how to be the best dinner party guest (ever).