5 Successful Dinner Party Tips

Hosting a party can be a bit daunting if you don’t know where to start. If you need some help planning your evening, keep these five tips in mind.

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With the right preparation, your dinner party will be enjoyable and stress-free.

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1. Plan well ahead

1. Plan well ahead

Choose the main course first, as the other dishes shouldn't overpower it.

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Special Diet Needs

Special Diet Needs

Do your guests have any special diet needs?

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Aim for Variety

Aim for Variety

For the other courses, aim for variety between hot and cold, rich and light and the textures you get from different cooking methods: steamed salmon has a very different effect to pan-fried.

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List all the work involved.

List all the work involved.

How much can be done in advance? What must be done just before serving? Ensure your plans are feasible and make a timetable.

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Balance

Balance

Check there's a balance between meat, fish and vegetables. Look at herbs and spices and try to avoid repeating flavours.