Many people think of hosting dinner parties as stressful ordeals that require massive planning and an abundance of time and patience. Fortunately, however, strategies exist to allow the average person to throw a successful dinner party with a minimum of anxiety. Following are several ways that residents of apartments in Midland and Odessa, Texas can throw a dinner party that their family and friends will remember fondly for many years to come.
Prepare Most Foods in Advance
Preparing most foods ahead of schedule saves time in the hours prior to the party as well as helps eliminate timing mishaps. Choose side dishes that can be enjoyed cold if your dinner party is slated for summer, or if you're entertaining during the colder months, prepare side dishes that can easily be reheated. This will allow you ample time and opportunity to focus on preparing the main course. Desserts and salads can also be made ahead of time. Also, throwing a dinner party isn't the right time for culinary experimentation, so stick with tried-and-true recipes that can be trusted to perform.
Keep the Beverage List Simple
If you're going to be serving adult beverages at your dinner party, don't feel as if you have to offer a full bar with made-to-order cocktails. Select a signature cocktail and stick with that. For instance, if your party is taking place in the early summer, you might choose mint juleps as a nod to the iconic Kentucky Derby. If your party has a southwestern cuisine theme, think cold margaritas. Always have nonalcoholic options on hand, and if you're struggling with the wine list, don't be afraid to describe your menu to your local wine shop professional and ask for recommendations. Anytime you offer cocktails, beer, wine or other adult beverages in your home, be gracious and offer guests a ride home.
Keep Lighting Easy on the Eyes
Few things make a dinner party seem like a cafeteria meal more quickly than lighting that's too bright. By the same, token, lighting that's overly dim creates a gloomy ambiance. Aim for just the right lighting by dimming the ceiling bulbs slightly and using candles.
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