Hosting a dinner party, especially if it’s your first time, can be a bit nerve-wracking because of all
the things you need to think of and prepare for. Before you panic and stress yourself out, keep
in mind that a good dinner party requires proper planning to ensure that everything will go well.
Plan out your meals, take note of the number of guests that are coming, and if they have food
allergies, take note of them as well.
Aside from these things, here is an easy to remember list of do’s and don'ts you can follow to
give you an easier time when hosting a dinner party:
● Always prepare in advance
If you want your dinner party to go as smoothly as possible, you need to ensure that you
prep well. Also, with proper preparation, you will be more relaxed during the dinner itself.
● Cook Earlier
There’s nothing worse than having all your guests ready for dinner and the food isn’t
ready yet. So, make sure to cook earlier than usual. This way, you won’t have to rush
your food prep process, while still giving you more time to dress up and look your best
before your guests fully arrive.
● Have a playlist
Set up a good playlist for the dinner party to set the vibe. Choose a playlist that will work
well with your dinner theme.
● Take a breather
As a dinner party host, you also need to enjoy the food that you prepared. Moreover, no
one wants to be at a dinner party where the host spends most of the night in the kitchen.
So, be present at your own dinner—relax and enjoy what you’ve prepared.
● Serve dessert
Everybody loves dessert. So, if you want to impress someone at a dinner party that you
host, prepare a delicious dessert—it will make for a memorable note to close off your
● Cook something you haven’t cooked before
Hosting a dinner party is not the time to try out a recipe you wanted to try out for weeks.
If it’s going to be your first time doing it, then put it off for a later time. Instead, cook
something that you have already done before—that way, there will be less room for
errors and you’ll feel more confident with the dishes you serve.
If you’ve overcooked the potatoes, or if the sauce is a bit bland, don’t apologize. Instead,
own it and be confident in what you’ve prepared—even if it’s not perfect.
● Rely on your guests
Dinner parties can be a potluck, but if you’re going to be hosting, make sure that you
have enough food for everyone just in case somebody comes late or cancels last-
● Make guests do the dishes
The friends you invite to your home are still guests—which means you should let them
relax, not let them do the dishes! Dinner parties are for catching up and enjoy each
These are the things you need to know when you’re about to host a dinner party. Hosting a
successful dinner party will take a lot of work, and when you get to pull it off, it will be rewarding.
By keeping these things in mind, you can better approach your party with a mindset that will
make for a good host.
If cooking is not your strong suit, but you want to host a dinner party, you can always hire a
private chef to help you out. Food Fire Knives offers private chef services and cooking classes
in Philadelphia, and multiple locations in the United States. Contact us today!