Few things in the world seem as special as a family dinner party. However, hosting your own event for your loved ones may seem like an overwhelming task if you have never undertaken a challenge like this. Fortunately, it’s easy to host the best dinner party; one that will stand out in the memories of your guests for a long time. Simply take the time and effort to plan a menu that covers all possibilities and you may find yourself the host of many a dinner party for your friends and family members.
A way to build connections
With the overwhelming pressures of modern life, it is easier than ever to feel the bonds between your family members stretching thin and dissolving. However, taking the time to throw a family dinner party may be the perfect remedy to this problem. As a dinner party revolves around food, it is essential that the host puts some thought into what they intend serving to their guests. Instead of opting for the foods that you like, it may be a better idea to opt for firm favourites that are bound to please a variety of tastes.
- Starters: While your guests are mingling at your family dinner party, it might be a good idea to serve them a few snacks while they enjoy their drinks. This is an excellent alternative to a formal sit down entree. Prepare a variety of canapes like blinis with smoked salmon, miniature pastries or finger sandwiches. You could even go for an easy option and order a platter of sushi rolls for your loved ones to feast on.
- Main course: Once you’re ready to serve your main course you can invite your guests to sit down at the table. At this point, you can wow them with your cooking talent, but remember there is nothing wrong with ordering a tasty meal from your favourite restaurant and letting your family believe that you spent hours preparing it. Good options for a dinner party always include a protein, starch and vegetable element. Think lasagna with a fresh green salad and bread rolls. Alternatively, you can prepare a stewed meat dish with rice and steamed vegetables.
- Dessert: No family dinner party is complete without a sweet treat at the end. You could keep things simple by buying a tub of high-quality ice-cream and serving it with your favourite fruits and chocolate liqueur. Another great option is baked chocolate pudding with cream and custard. If your friends and loved ones are not ruled by sugar-cravings you could present your guests with a beautiful cheese platter with fruits and crackers. Finally, offer your guests a cup of coffee to help them sober up before heading home.
How to craft the perfect party
Once the guests are invited to your family dinner party, place an order for the necessary ingredients at your favourite grocery store. Or you could treat your family to a pasta feast at an Italian delivery restaurant.