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Tips on Hosting a Dinner Party

Wellington Parkside Blog, Everett, MA  Check the guest list, cook the food, and have an enjoyable time at your dinner party with our tips and suggestions for hosting a great one!

The days are longer, weather is warmer, and you have a great apartment here in Everett, MA to enjoy, by yourself, with roommates, or with guests! In this week’s Wellington Parkside Blog, we’ll share with you some tips on how to host a dinner party for all your loved ones!


Have a Theme

If you’re struggling to know how to cater to the friends you’ve invited, it’s a good idea to have a theme. A theme guides the dishes you make or the dishes you assign for your friends to bring. These themes can be as simple as “Italian food” or as elaborate as “Murder Mystery Night”, but regardless of what theme you pick, communicate it to your guests so they’re prepared for whatever you have planned.


Make it a Potluck

This is the easiest way to remove some stress during the planning stages. Let your guests know what kind of theme you want to have, then coordinate with them what kind of dishes they’re going to bring. Having a Google Sheet that’s accessible to your guests is a great idea to keep organized. Everyone will have a good idea of what dishes each guest is bringing and will know what is needed. Knowing that you’re not going to be providing all the food for your party relieves you of stress and might also save you some money.


After Dinner Entertainment

Whether it’s a movie, games, or music, after dinner entertainment can be a good way to give a boost to your dinner party. Games are a great for getting everyone involved in the party and interacting with each other a very non-invasive way. If you invited friends from different groups, you could organize some get-to-know-you games to introduce each other.


Keep it Simple

Don’t stress too heavily about hosting a dinner party. Things tend to run smoother when you don’t put added expectations on yourself by stressing or over-thinking. The point of a dinner party is to have people over to have fun. Keeping it simple could refer to the kind of food you wish to put out, the amount of people you want to invite, or your entertainment. Relax. Things may go wrong, or things may not. Host a party and have fun with it and enjoy the company you’ve invited over. The things that go wrong may be material for great stories for future gatherings!


Do you enjoying hosting dinner parties? Let us know if you have any more tips for hosting a successful party! Thanks for reading.