Hosting a dinner party for company is in fact a very intimidating task, particularly if the guest attending have never been to your house before. As the daughter of a pastor I am no stranger to my share of dinner guest. Even now that I am older with a house and family of my own I find that having people over is an event as common as checking the mail. Frankly, I’m not sure a week goes by without someone stopping by. My family and I have come to love having people over and I pray that my own children grow to extend hospitality as well.
Here are 5 of my favorite tips for hosting a marvelous dinner party. Both you and your guest will appreciate this list.
1. stick to what you know
We all love new and fancy recipes but trying out a new recipe for your guest is not idle at all. You may think you are going to prepare a fancy dish that looks like an image on pinterest but you could just end having to apologize for the lack of edible items on the table. Instead, stick to what you know, even if it’s pizza. Your dinner guest don’t have to know that it’s a go to meal for you because for them it is still a special occasion and should be treated as such.
2. prep ahead
Between cleaning the house, preparing the meal and even getting dressed there is so much stress already on your plate the day that your company comes over. The very last thing you want to do is answer the door stressed out in pajamas with old makeup on your face. By preparing as much as you possibly can early on in the day you will find that you may even be able to relax a bit before your guest arrive or atleast while they are there. Relaxing with your guest is part of what makes the night magical, after all, they are there to spend time with you.
3. think of their needs first
How long have your guest been traveling? Will they need a moment to breathe outside of the car ride before they can carry on a full conversation? If so, show them to the couch and politely excuse yourself for just a brief moment. This will allow them to relax and unwind instead of feeling the need to entertain you. Have they ever been to your house before? If not, be sure to show them to the restroom and give a brief tour before walking into the dining room, where dinner should be ready to serve.
4. think of their comfort
Take a moment early on in the day to step back and view your house as if you were seeing it for the first time. Where would you sit? Are there toys in the way, if so move them. When your guest do sit down will they feel comfortable? If not, consider adding a few throw pillows to the couch.
5. consider the atmosphere
The atmosphere always affects the dinner party. Be sure to remove excess clutter so that your guest aren’t having to move in funny ways down your hallway to avoid hitting laundry baskets and such. Consider lighting a few candles so that the house smells warm and welcoming, instead of smelling like that awkward odor you no longer notice. Can you say diapers? Put on some music, soft music playing in the background helps the room not feel too empty when only a few people are there and in turn will help guest feel comfortable enough to talk and laugh.