Getting your friends together for a night of good food and even better company never gets old, it’s one of the true joys of Adult-ing. So, when vying for the title of ‘hostess with the mostest’ at your next dinner party aim to keep your stress levels low so that your party hat remains on at all times.
After all, it is all about having fun–and staying present.
Preparation is Key
Ensuring everything is cooked before you welcome your guests is the secret to having a good time. Warming up a pre-prepared dish just before you eat is much easier than dicing vegetables while your nearest and dearest enjoy the canapés without you.
Ask About Allergies Ahead of Time
Imagine hearing about someone’s peanut allergy just as you are serving up your famous satay skewers. While you may know your friends like the back of your hand it’s a good idea to check if their partners have any food intolerances you aren’t aware of.
Set the Scene
It’s oh-so satisfying to decorate your table in a way that reflects your personal style, but don’t get too wrapped up in it. A slightly undone setting will encourage guests to relax and have a good time. So, ditch the boring white tablecloth that’s crying out for a red wine spill and light some Black Blaze Pillar Candles for extra ambience.
Pick your Playlist
A dinner party is not the time to show off your secret love for heavy metal. Read the room and pick the ultimate background playlist that will help set the mood (Michael Buble, anyone?) Skipping the tunes entirely is not an option. No one wants to listen to your husband's business partner chewing loudly.
Once dinner is done, it’s time to turn you attention to Taboo, a classic board game, which will guarantee loads of fun and less than subtle competition amongst your guests! It’s a race against the clock as teammates try to give each other the best clues possible to guess the main mystery word without using any of the taboo words. Imagine for example, not being able to say “animals” when trying to hint at the word “zoo.”