The holiday season is finally here, and planning for your dinner party may leave you with what to do and prepare.
Whether you’re invited to a dinner party or your hosting your own, there are plenty of ways to take dinner to the next level.
Here are four dinner party ideas for the holidays because dining is never just about the food; it’s about sharing and having some good laughs.
No matter if you cater your dinner party or spend the morning in the kitchen, bread is often underestimated. You’d be surprised how good bread can complement the experience around the table!
Get acquainted with your local artisan bakery, and make sure you get at least two exciting types of bread, a good old traditional bread and something more fun.
From sourdough to ciabatta, from breadsticks to a comforting cornbread, the sky’s the limit! And details like these are what make you a great host.
There are two ways of conducting a successful dinner party, especially when it comes to food. You can either go old school with a table center, family-style feast, which is always reassuring and personal, or go small plates and finger food, which is equally fun!
A whole bunch of two-biters, hot and cold, simple as diced cheese and cured meats, and sophisticated as mushroom-stuffed olives or bacon-wrapped shrimp, will work just fine.
If you go with the finger food dinner party, make sure the platters keep coming.
Wine Takes Any Dinner Party To New Heights
Let’s face it; we don’t drink enough wine. And that’s too bad because wine is great fun! It’s understandable, with so many wine grapes and so many styles, it’s hard to choose the right bottle.
However, dinner parties are worthy of making an effort, and it starts by not worrying too much about the wine. Every bottle is a unique adventuresome you’ll like and others your guest will love.
Don’t be afraid of getting some help; there’s always someone willing to help at the wine store, and there are pretty cool apps that can guide you through your fermented grape juice shopping.
How About Some Cocktails?
If you and your kin are not into wine, perhaps some cocktails might do the trick; in fact, why not have both?
It’s been a long time with the pandemic and all since we had a good drink, and a diner party is the best excuse for stirring some neat drinks.
You need not bartending experience, just a well-stocked bar and good friends willing to have a go at it. A cocktail party is tons of fun, even more, when no one knows what they’re doing.
Like a proper Negroni or a Martini, some drinks are easy enough to master in a few hours, though, so don’t worry, there will be plenty of drinks worthy of the occasion.
Do you have other dinner party ideas?
What are your traditions and innovations around the table? We’d love to know! Nothing beats dinner parties, not even going out to the hottest venues for dinner.
And if you’re hosting them even better, that’s quite a responsibility, but also an opportunity to make everyone feel at home.