One of the things I’d been wanting to do before I turned 35 was to actually cook a meal for more than 6 people. Why 6? Well, because prior to starting hiking, I had a total of 6 friends here who would come over regularly. And even then, I never really cooked a full meal. I finally took the plunge and invited my hiking family over for dinner last Saturday.
Here’s my go-to guide to hosting a dinner party. Also known as ‘what I learnt’:
1. Take a day off work to clean the house, shop for groceries and well, prepare as much as you can.
2. Make sure you have enough chairs and plates for the number of people invited. If not, it’s a good idea to host a dinner around the time of end of financial year sales as you can get some good bargains!
3. When cooking for a group that includes a vegetarian and someone suffering from coeliac disease, cook food that caters to the minority. The majority can eat it, after all.
4. Preferably, cook dishes you have previously cooked. Unlike me.
5. Cook dishes that don’t require much time. Lasagna, while a supposedly easy choice, is still something that takes time, effort and can go horribly wrong. Thankfully, mine didn’t!
6. A three-course meal is usually appreciated. But not essential.
7. Remember to play music that caters to the majority. Which means, if you listen to alternative, rock or indie music like yours truly and your friends listen to RnB, find a middle ground or just settle for Smooth FM.
8. Cheese and crackers are a fail safe entrée. And bruschetta is great too except it doesn’t cater to said Coeliac friend!
9. Lasagna is a bitch to reheat!
10. When it’s your friends, they will appreciate everything. Just have a good time!
1. Cheese and crackers as one of the entrees | 2. Vegetarian Lasagna, Warm Tabouli and Haloumi salad (right), Sweet potato, pear and Macadamia salad (left) | 3. Same as 2 | 4. Baked ricotta pie with blueberry coulis for dessert |
And yes, I made all of these myself.
So that’s one more thing crossed off the list. Next dinner party, everyone brings a plate. 😛
How do you host your dinner parties?
Do share some tips with me!
Until next time,