We all know that being the host of a party can be quite a bit intimidating. You have the huge responsibility of entertaining your guests while keeping them engaged in what’s going on.
There are various types of dinner parties like your casual dinner party, formal dinner party, or themed dinner party. Whichever one you decide to partake in, the fundamentals of the dinner party remains the same.
These Top 10 tips on How To Host A Dinner Party At Home will give you insight on what you need to do in order to throw the perfect dinner party that you and your guest will love and enjoy.
Let’s get right into it.
Top 10 Tips on How To Host A Dinner Party
Dinner Host Tip #1: Make A Jamming Playlist
It is important to have music flowing in the background because it fills up the dead space and is a key aspect in setting the tone of the party.
Just think how awkward it would be for your guests just to be standing around with drinks in their hands just looking at one another.
The music breaks off some of the tension in the room and at least have some people mouthing or humming the words to a song. You can create your personal playlist through Apple Music, Spotify, or Pandora.
If you don’t know what songs to decide on, you can always choose one of the popular playlists within the audio streaming platforms I just mentioned and use that.
You just need to have some type of music going on in the background to get people’s minds off the awkwardness of not having anything to talk about and just settle into the party.
Dinner Host Tip #2: Know Your Guest List
This is pretty obvious when throwing a dinner party at your home. But you want to know or at least have a good idea on who plans on attending and what their vibe is like.
Are the people that plans on coming more formal and business like or are they laid-back and casual like a hangout with you and your friends?
Having a good understanding of this key aspect will tell you what type of music to play, what type of clothes you should wear, how you should decorate your home, and what type of food and drinks you should serve.
Dinner Host Tip #3: What’s For Entertainment?
Once you know who plans on showing up, then you can start planning what your going to do for entertainment.
If it’s a casual dinner party, you can choose to do group activities or play board games such as UNO or Monopoly to get people to loosen up and get the social juices flowing.
If your dinner party is more on the formal side, maybe playing board games for entertainment is not the best way to go.
However, there are some conversation starters that you can use to lighten up the mood such as something funny that happened at the workplace or harmless controversial topics that is going on in the world today like sports or popular foods.
They even have conversation starter cards that are a sure way to get people interacting with one another while still maintaining a professional atmosphere.
Dinner Host Tip #4: Don’t Be The Sole Provider
You are not a grocery store and you are not a bartender which means that you don’t have to be the one supplying all the materials and ingredients.
You should have enough food for all your guests to get a plate and enough drinks for everyone to have at least one glass of something.
You should encourage your guests to bring at least one item for everyone to partake in whether that be food, drinks, or games. It’s no reason for you to host the dinner party, pay for all the supplies, cook all the food, and fill all the glasses all while your guests are waiting to be served.
Your dinner party should be a team effort and everyone should play their role. Plus when people chip in on the dinner party, that provides more topics to converse about.
For example, if someone brings some delicious chocolate cake, other guests is going to want to know where they got it from or how it was made.
Now that person can be proud of their contribution and know what to bring to the next dinner party.
Dinner Host Tip #5: Be Aware Of Your Guests Diets
Nowadays people are allergic to certain foods, and you want to be aware of those foods so you won’t have to seek emergency care and have to cut the party short.
For example, it is common for a lot of people to be gluten free or they have a peanut allergy, so you want to make sure that you have gluten and peanut free alternatives.
You also want to keep in mind on how you will present the food. If you are using plates and silverware to serve the food on, you wanna make sure that you have enough plates and silverware to serve all your guests.
It just wouldn’t look right if all your guess is eating with silver spoons on plates and that one person has to eat with plastic because you ran all out.
Dinner Host Tip #6: Know Your Seating Arrangements
Be mindful of where you want your guests to sit.
If it’s a buffet style of food being served, you can be more flexible with where you want people to sit around your house whether that be on the couch in front of the TV, at the dining room table, or you bring in extra seats from another room.
You can set the dining room table up to where people come up and pick out the food that they want and then find an open seat.
If your having a more sophisticated dinner party and prefer everyone to eat at the dining room table, you can set up the plates and silverware in an elegant design while having the food served from the kitchen.
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Dinner Host Tip #7: Setting The Tone
Depending on the type of dinner party you plan on hosting whether it is a formal one with colleagues and associates or one that’s casual and laid-back with friends and family, you have to set the tone or theme early.
As soon as your guests walk in, they should already know the atmosphere your trying to create with the genre of music that is playing in the background, the food that is being served, the dress code, and the decorations that are set up around your home.
For example, if you were having a formal dinner party, you could set it up by having gentle or classical music playing in the background, dimming the lights and lighting more candles, dressing professionally, and serving up a three course meal.
So set your dinner party up for the tone that you trying to create.
Dinner Host Tip #8: Keeping It Simple
When your hosting a dinner party, it’s always best to stick to what you know.
Your first dinner party where you plan on guests arriving is not the time nor place to try out that new chicken pasta recipe that you seen on Facebook.
The reason why is because you can’t account for all the variables that are likely to happen. You might not have all the ingredients it takes to cook that dish or it might take longer to cook than what you originally thought, and it’ll just end stressing you out (And that’s not the mood you want to be in if you’re the host.).
All those situations have a high probability of happening and can absolutely kill your dinner party.
So for your first couple dinner parties, keep it simple and stick to what you know. Cook that same delicious meal you have been cooking since you were a kid, wear that outfit that you know will impress your guests, and just play to your strengths.
Once you get comfortable hosting dinner parties, then you should venture out and try new things.
Dinner Host Tip #9: Communication Is Key
If you have rules and regulations that you live by in your home, your guests should be aware of them.
For instance, if you are serious about not wearing shoes inside your home or if you have a pet that stays inside, let that be known to your guests. People are not mind readers and they might not be able to guess that information on there own.
You can easily inform your guests by putting a “P.S…” on the invite or make a sign for them to see whenever they walk in.
That way your guests know what they are getting themselves into and you save yourself the hassle of trying to make adjustments at the last minute.
Dinner Host Tip #10: Welcome Help
This another key tip that when somebody offers you help, don’t be quick to flex your independence muscle and try to do it all on your own, take advantage of their offer.
Hosting a dinner party is stressful in itself and now hosting a dinner party at your home is a whole new level of stress.
You have to worry about preparing the food, decorating your home, figuring out what music to play, getting a headcount on who is coming, and on top of that, you have to clean it all up afterwards. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.
So when your guests offers you their help in wiping down the table or help washing the dishes, welcome and accept it.
You will be saving yourself a lot of time and energy and you’ll surely appreciate it.
The Bottom Line
Now that you have a solid foundation on How To Host A Dinner Party At Home, it doesn’t have to be so intimidating or daunting.
Follow these essential tips and you will for sure have an awesome dinner party that is filled with laughter and enjoyment. Your guest will be trying to find out when the next dinner party will be.
I hope this article helped you out on how to host a dinner party at your house and we encourage you to share this article with others so that they can benefit as well.
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