Inviting friends and family over for a dinner party provides a great opportunity to socialize, show off your home and just have fun. You don't have to become a stressed out host throughout this process, however. There are ways to prepare and enjoy your guests without the normal stresses many feel when hosting a dinner party.
If you feel like a dinner party will become too complicated for you to enjoy, maybe you just need the right plan. Hosting your party at home doesn't have to be stressful. Here are some of the best tips for a fuss-free dinner party in Las Vegas.
Create a Plan
Before you start considering what you'll cook, or have your caterer cook, consider those you will be inviting. If you choose a good group of friends that all get along, it can take some of the stress away right from the beginning. Start your plan by looking at the guest list.
After you iron out the list of guests, you want to ask about allergies. This will help you to plan the menu and ensure you have something everybody can enjoy. You can even hire a private chef in Las Vegas to ensure your guest's dietary needs are taken into consideration.
Do the Unpleasant Early
There's nothing worse than stressing out right before guest arrive because you have dishes to do or other tasks you don't enjoy to get done. Keep any unpleasant tasks away from the party by doing the cooking ahead of time. Or just hire a catering company like ours to take care of all of the cooking for you! Then, you can wash all your dishes and clean up before guests arrive so that you can enjoy your party and your guests.
Make sure your dessert is made ahead of time, too. Outside of serving your guests, making a few beverages and heating something up in the oven, you don't want to do much cooking during the party. The more you do ahead of time, the easier it will be to relax and enjoy the party. Think of a dinner party somewhat like a wedding, you wouldn’t want to spend your wedding cooking, doing the dishes, and not enjoying your guests, would you?
Clean as You Go
Some people tend to clean as they go out of habit in the kitchen. However, others will let the dishes pile up hoping someone else will offer to do them. Nobody wants to do a large sink of dishes at the end of a dinner party.
When everybody has been fed and they are just sitting around the table with a drink in their hand, you don't want to be doing dishes. This is prime time to enjoy your guests, tell stories, laugh and have fun.
Cleaning as you go will eliminate most of the dishes and you won't have to worry. Doing a few dishes after everybody leaves won't provide the same level of stress as a full sink of dishes. Plus, most of the dishes used during the party can just be rinsed and loaded into the dishwasher as you clear the table.
Ask for Help
Instead of taking on the task of a dinner party by yourself, get a couple of your closest friends to help. Maybe one can handle bringing the dessert, while another will take care of the drinks. This will help take a few things off your plate to ensure you can focus on the main parts of the meal and preparing your home.
Set Your Table the Night Before
When you set the table for a dinner party the night before, it's one less thing you have to worry about. You can check it off your list and you won't feel like you have to rush to get things ready.
Time Out the Night
You don't have to hand everybody a schedule and stick to it like a drill sergeant. However, a basic timeline can help to ensure things run smoothly and you know what's next.
Start with appetizers and alight wine, then move onto dinner and finish with dessert. Maybe have a game or a deck of cards available as an after dinner activity. Keeping your guests active will help make the night special.
Don't Take it too Serious
Remember, it's just dinner with friends. You want to enjoy your party and have fun with your guests. While going the extra mile is great, sometimes, it doesn't work out how you planned. Nobody else knows this and most of your guests probably don't care.
You don't have to serve drinks in Mason jars or have the most perfect meal come out of the oven. Your guests are probably just thrilled for good food, drinks and fun conversation. Laugh off the small stuff and enjoy your party.
Throwing a dinner party in your Las Vegas home doesn't have to be stressful. Create a plan, handle as much of the work ahead of time as possible and don't take it too serious. If you follow these tips, you'll be able to throw a great dinner party and actually enjoy your own party, too.
If you’re going to host a dinner party in either Las Vegas, or Henderson, Nevada, then give Chef Matt Meyer of Matteo's Gourmet Food Services a call! He would love to discuss the catering options for your upcoming event.