Summertime is bursting with color, outdoor fun, and dinner parties! When it’s time to fire up the grill and invite the guests, don’t let the stress of putting on a good party overwhelm you; I have three easy tips that’ll help you have a festive and delightful dinner party that even you will be able to enjoy.
My first tip: Keep it simple. I’ve learned that festivity should be the spice not the main entree; I once held a dinner party in which I had a simple scheme, but overused it and instead of the colors being an interesting piece, it became almost an annoyance to find more… I want to save you the trouble. A centerpiece doesn’t have to cost a fortune; you may find a beautiful one in your flower garden waiting to be picked. It’s inexpensive and definitely festive and seasonal. A summer theme invites colors of orange, yellow, and green predominantly, but there are many that can be used. My advice, choose two or even three to be the main focus and use them only once or twice. Example, if you’re using green napkins, don’t also use green plates; let the variety of color dazzle the eyes of your guests.
Speaking of appealing to the guests, my second tip is to give them something to look at. Now, I’m not talking about magazines or even your centerpiece, I’m asking you to consider the surroundings of the table. Most people love to be able to look outside while they eat, and if the bugs are keeping the party inside this summer, position the table near a window, preferably a big one. If this isn’t possible, maybe a festive picture to draw their attention. Why? Think about this; at a dinner party, conversation is key. Give them something to talk about; in a few years or even months, honestly, no one will remember what was eaten or the colors you chose, but they will remember the good time they had conversing with their family or friends.
However, the food is important! My third tip is going to save you a lot of time and sanity on party day. I’ve learned after a handful of stressful preparations for dinner parties that seemed to fall apart rather than together, to make up as much food as possible the night before. Pasta salad, potato salad, melon, vegetables, and fruit can all be cut, prepared, and refrigerated the night or even hours before the party. Don’t over burden yourself with cooking right up to the time the guests arrive unless the dish must be served hot. Burgers, hot dogs, chicken… things of this nature definitely are fine; we just don’t want you so stressed that you don’t enjoy your own party.
Lastly, the most important piece of advice I can give you, relax; this is meant to be fun for all involved, including the host. I hope this article has been helpful to you, and I pray you have a wonderful dinner party!