Top 9 Dinner Party Tips
It’s all in the food presentation: These simple finishing touches can transform basic dishes into something special.
Stockpile your Appetizers
Keep a box of canape cups in the pantry for unexpected visitors. Add a dollop of pesto, or any kind of dip, and half a cherry tomato for instant party food.
Drizzle on Olive Oil
Whether it’s over fresh bread or a plated meal, olive oil adds a golden color and rich, additional flavor.
Snip on Fresh Herbs
If there are herbs in the dish, reserve a small quantity to finish the dish off before it hits the table.
Let Guests Add Their Own Dressing
Rather than making a salad dressing, put olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the table as condiments and let everyone feel like they’re participating in the final dish.
Depending on the type of dish you’re preparing, you can serve food up on large platters for people to help themselves at the table, rather than plating up individually.
Don’t Underestimate the Sandwich!
Mix chopped cooked chicken with chopped herbs and a dollop of good-quality mayonnaise. Spread onto sliced bread, cut off the crusts, then cut into fingers and serve with sparkling .
Toss the Containers
This tip is worth remembering: Humble antipasto ingredients from the deli counter or supermarket aisle get elevated when piled onto a large white platter, with crusty bread on the side.
Plan your time
Do a timeplan and think about what oven/hob space you’re going to need. If your starter, main course, side dishes and pud all need time in the oven it’s going to be tricky.
Is it homemade?
Your guests won’t expect you to have made the little extras. Cheese straws, spiced nuts, a quick, no-knead bread, ice cream, chutney or chocolate truffles are really easy to make and can be done in advance. We’re not suggesting you make all of them but if you add just one of these to your spread you can guarantee people will be impressed.