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Bucchianeri once said, “If you want to keep people happy, just keep the food and entertainment rolling,” and that certainly rings true when it comes to hosting incredible dinner parties. Yet the preparation, food, wines, decoration and entertainment can often end up costing a whole lot of cash. Luckily, savvy dinner-party hosts are using a few tips and tricks to help cut the costs but not the quality of the big night. Read on for some simple yet highly effective ways to host a 10/10 dinner party without breaking the bank.
Let’s Talk About the Food
If you really want to host an impressive dinner party then you really have to get the food spot on. Before you start it’s a wise idea to put together your guestlist and then find out if any of your guests have food intolerances or special dietary needs. So many people these days are following specific diets, be it vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free. It’s so important to find out this information before you plan the food to make sure that everyone is catered for.
A great dinner party will always have a range of courses, yet you don’t need to go overboard in order to make it classy and well-received. Appetizers are a must. You can serve them as guests are coming into your home (along with a nice glass of something) in order to help set the mood and help people to get settled. Some lovely, wallet-friendly ideas include bruschetta, mini cocktail skewers with fine cheese, antipasti, and blended dips.
When it comes to the main, it’s worth cooking something that you are fairly familiar with, rather than something that is completely out of your comfort zone. Remember, a lot of it comes down to presentation, so think about how you are going to plate the dish and pay extra care toward the little details including garnishes.
And of course you will need an elegant, yet delicious dessert. Prosecco floats are particularly nice, and all you need is prosecco and a tub of sorbet. If that doesn’t work then you really can’t go wrong with something gooey and chocolatey.
Top Tipple Without the Price Tag
Drinks are as important as the food, and you are going to want to keep the wine flowing if it’s going to be an enjoyable night for your guests. Rather than picking up your alcohol at a supermarket or off-license, instead purchase them online. Not only will you have much more of a choice, but you will also be saving a lot of money. A top tip is to purchase a little more than you think you will need, after all, no one wants to run out of wine at a dinner party! We recommend Wines Direct for the best wine offers.
Decorating in Style
Set the vibe with some beautiful decor. Again, this needn’t cost a bomb. Try creating some excellent lighting with candles. Make your own place names for people, and you may even want to pick some wildflowers to use as a focal point. Music can also be important, and you may want something softly playing in the background in order to create more of an atmosphere.
Follow the above tips and you will be well on your way to creating that memorable dinners party that makes people smile. Good luck.