How to Host a Memorable Dinner Party

Dinner SettingThe English word “companion” is derived from a Latin word that means “one who breaks bread with another.” Sharing a meal is an intimate experience that can spark new friendships and solidify lifetime bonds. The following tips will help you host a meaningful, memorable dinner party.

The Best Guest List: Everyone knows to invite guests who can relate to one another, but Mark Cavanagh of Cav Con, a PR agency that hosts events for big name clients, recommends a dose of diversity to ignite great conversation. That means finding the right mix of attendees from all walks of life.

Make a Meal You’ve Mastered: Experimentation is great… but not when you’re cooking for eight! Stick with recipes you know like the back of your hand.

Dietary Restrictions: Determine if any of your guests are vegetarian/vegan, or if anyone has any food allergies. You don’t need to plan the entire meal around them, but you should offer them options.

Plan a Seasonal Menu: Fresh, tasty seasonal meals will impress your guests. Look online for meals by season and you’ll discover a range of possibilities any time of year.