It’s always good to catch up with friends. It can be hard to see them so much when you start a family. But it’s always good fun when you do meet up.
Therefore, you should consider arranging an evening where they come to yours for dinner. It’s a good chance to catch up and have a laugh. It doesn’t have to be stressful if you plan in advance exactly what you want to cook. Just don’t forget to get these when having friends over for dinner!
Plenty of drink
It’s going to be a great night if you get a couple of bottles of wine in your home. That way, everyone can lighten up and have a brilliant evening. You should consider what you are going to cook when you choose the wine.
White wine would be ideal with a chicken or fish dish, while red wine would be great with steak and pasta. Creating a bar area in the kitchen would be a great way of allowing people to top up their drinks after dinner.
As this feature explains, you may want to put ice, a bottle opener, and glassware next to it, so your guests have exactly what they need to make a drink
It’s a good idea to have some delicious appetizers for your friends before dinner is served. That way, they won’t be starving so there will be less pressure if you are delayed with the dinner.
Some crisps with dip is always a good choice if you want something that’s easy to make and serve. You may also want to prepare some olives and cold meats that people can enjoy before dinner. Bread and cheese would also go down a treat with your guests. Here are some other appetizers they will love.
You also need to ensure you have some great tableware out before your guests arrive for the dinner party. You don’t want to be hunting plates and glasses down when you are meant to be preparing dinner.
Having a dinner party is a good opportunity to get your finest plates out of the cupboard to place on the table. After all, you don’t get to use them often with your little family!
It’s important to choose a good white tablecloth and linen table napkins to ensure it looks fantastic. You might want to add a centerpiece such as a vase of flowers to give the table some life!
A stress-free recipe
The worst thing you can do when having friends over for dinner is to choose something to cook that you have never made before.
You don’t know how it will turn out, and it will mean you will have to spend ages in the kitchen preparing the dish. Therefore, you should choose something that is familiar to cook and will go down a treat with your guests.
That way, you can spend more time with them having a natter than in the kitchen making the dinner. As it says in this feature, simple is the best when it comes to dinner parties. And choose something lightweight and healthy, so that people aren’t too full afterward!
Remember to choose a delicious pudding and some fun games to finish off the night with a bang!