How do you celebrate a special occasion when the weather is misbehaving and funds are low? It’s simple. Dust off your favourite recipe book, grab an apron and prepare to wow your guests with a dinner party to remember. Allow us to lead the way...
Choose a Theme
There's no denying it - everybody loves a theme. Be it a Mexican feast or a cheese and wine tasting event, choose a theme and your guests won't be able to resist. Don’t scrimp on the details- raid the internet for those sombrero hats and maracas, put together a special playlist and insist on fancy dress for an authentic and fun evening!
Create a Memorable Menu
Once you've chosen your theme, set to work on your menu. We've all seen the look of horror on Come Dine with Me guests when they are presented with a starter of hummus and flat bread followed by a main of roasted chicken!
Tease your guests as they arrive and display your menu near the front door so that everyone can see what’s on offer - after all, food will be the focal point of the evening. Handwritten blackboard menus are a nice personal touch and will be a great talking point amongst guests. Be creative with your dishes and their names: the more puns, the better!
Add an Element of Surprise
It’s the attention to detail which really stands out at a dinner party. Whether you make handmade decorations for your cocktails and canapés party, or give your piñata a twist, filling it with miniature spirit bottles for a Mexican cookout, don't be afraid to surprise your diners! When the plates are cleared and guests are making their way home, they’ll be thinking about all the special touches that the evening you planned, which has made dinner party history.
Be the Hostess with the Mostest
Even with the best food and company, a great dinner party will fail to dazzle if the hostess isn't on top form. The last thing you want to do is leave everything to the last minute and dash around in a mad frenzy. Get organised so that when the big day arrives you've got time to pamper yourself and relax in preparation for the evening. And if disaster does strike, keep the bubbly flowing, smile and turn the music up. After all, the show must go on!
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