If you have a hectic life, it might be hard to find time for socializing with friends. Between your job and family commitments, you never have time to sit down and enjoy a delicious meal. With the help of services like Foodora, it can be a lot easier to enjoy family time or even plan an impromptu dinner party. At the end of the week, it’s nice to sit around with friends or family and unwind through food and fun. If you feel like that’s too much, here are a few insider secrets for a stress-free dinner party.
1. Simple is still stylish.Many people tend to overthink things like food and decorations for a dinner party. Chances are you don’t have the time to consistently throw yourself into a planning project. Use things you already have in creative ways to set the tone and style for your party. Plan around what have and not what you have to go out and get. Simple can bring plenty of possibilities.
2. The guest list is the entertainment.A successful dinner party relies on the harmony and conversation of those in attendance. If you invite too many people, you run into problems with isolated groups having their own party. Invite too few and you have awkward pauses and stiff formality. Keep your gatherings to groups of friends that will share some connectivity to keep you from playing moderator.
3. Keep the food and drink self-serve.Whether you choose to cater, deliver or make yourself, set up your dining and drinking options for guest access. Don’t get tied to the kitchen. While it is nice to act as the host, there is no sense in hosting a party that you can’t be a part of. Plan a buffet of simple dishes or have a limited drink menu that is limited but superior quality. If you need help with a wine selection, share your menu with a wine shop and get a recommendation.
4. Share the workload.If your dinner party is a group of close friends, you might feel comfortable asking for help with clean up. Whether it's simply chatting around the sink while you load the dishwasher or packing up leftover foods for them to take home, divvying up the workload makes the end of the night as simple as the beginning.
A dinner party doesn’t have to stress you out. With a little planning and creativity, you can create an evening of fun and relaxation for yourself and closest friends.