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Hosting the perfect dinner party

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: October 17, 2012

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It’s that time of the year to pack away the BBQ and bring the dinner parties back indoors. Whilst it suits the laid back summer vibe to have guests perching on deck chairs and benches outside, the indoor dinner party requires a little more refinement. It’s time to polish up your best crockery and maximise your seating potential with some new dining room chairs from Barker and Stonehouse.

Once you’ve sorted out the table logistics next on the agenda is the evening’s endeavours. It can be tricky territory organising the perfect dinner party because everybody’s idea of perfect differs. Knowing what your friends like and getting together a group of likeminded people is the first step to help you on your way to success.


What food to cook all depends on that integral word ‘cook’ and whether you can actually do it? It may seem like a good idea at the time to create a fancy menu with exotic recipes but unless you are a dash hand in the kitchen and can keep your cool under pressure, keep it simple. You can still achieve an impressive meal and, by planning your menu to include as many pre-made elements as possible you can spend more time with your guests enjoying the evening.


Get the drinks flowing at a dinner party and the rest seems to follow naturally; the conversation, the laughing and even the food appreciation! It’s well worth trying to match your drinks to the food you are serving, as well as complementing your food it gives your guests a conversation starter and mirrors that ‘posh’ restaurant feel. If you’re put off doing this because you don’t have the foggiest, most decent wine shops can offer a helping hand.


Although good conversation used to be sufficient entertainment for a dinner party, it seems increasingly the attention is being turned to games, performances and even live musical renditions from the hosts themselves. We’ve all seen the extent that some people go to on the likes of come dine with me but if you feel fire breathers are a little extreme and don’t fancy standing awkwardly in front of your guests belting a power ballad in their direction then there are other options.

For something a little different try a cocktail class where guests get to make and shake their favourite drinks to sip and start the night off with a bang.

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