Dinner PartiesEntertaining like a Pro

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Gathering friends and family to spend time together can be a real joy. Whether a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, celebration, or simply just dinner, spending time with loved ones and friends is a wonderful way to decompress and relax. Dinner parties in particular can be fun to organize and plan; from the guest list, food items, drink list, music and activities, provided you have strategies to not become overwhelmed. Whether you’re organizing a large group with a particular theme, or keeping it low key with a few people, the possibilities are endless to create a dinner party that all your friends will remember. 

Planning shouldn’t be stressful, and if you prepare ahead of time it can be a breeze. Knowing the amount of preparation that goes into a get-together can help you wrap your head around organizing your time from day one, and ensure you’re not leaving important items until the last minute. It’s fun researching and deciding what theme you’ll choose, what food and drink items you’ll serve, and music you’ll play.

Here are a few different dinner party ideas for food and drink you MUST try next time it’s your turn to host.

Food

Other than drinks, food choice is one of the most important parts of any get-together. Choosing what you’ll serve as an appetizer, main and dessert can make or break a dinner party. Try these creative ideas that can be used for any theme you choose.

Try these delicious crostini’s that need only a few ingredients and require little preparation:

Parmesan Garlic Crostini Recipe 

 Ingredients

  • 7 oz Baguette Roll, sliced
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions
  • Brush the top of the baguette slices with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder and cheese, and broil for 4 minutes on high.
  • Garnish crostini’s with more Parmesan cheese before serving.

Make
Your Own Pizza 
Generally used for more casual gatherings or children’s birthdays, making your own pizza is a fun activity that can be very budget friendly too. Have your guests all bring a pizza ingredient or topping, all you’ll have to do is prepare the dough. When it is time for dinner, lay everything out on a table with all the toppings in different bowls. Have guests take turns building their own pizzas!

Simple Steps
- Lay out pizza's on table
- Add pizza sauce on dough
- Add desired toppings
- Finish with cheese

Preheat oven to 240C and cook for 18-24 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Enjoy!

Drinks

Whether you’re serving pop, water, or alcoholic beverages to adult guests, having drinks on hand is obviously important! Here are a few creative ways to serve drinks to your guests.

Drink Buckets
This idea is great for outdoor dinner parties! Creatively fill buckets of different shapes and sizes with ice. Lay them out around your backyard, around the dinner table, food table or even right as guests enter the backyard. Fill buckets with a selection of different canned drink. This idea allows guests to easily grab a drink when they need a refill.

Drink Bar
Instead of pre-making drinks or asking everyone individually what they would like to drink, why not make a “create your own” drink bar. Lay out different kinds of beverages along with garnishes, fruits, ice, and glasses. This allows guests to make their own drinks, and for gatherings where people may not be familiar with all the guests, it’s a fantastic way for attendees to socialize and become acquainted.

What strategies do you use when hosting guests at a get-together? Let us know on our Instagram @Dollarwisecaribbean, and be sure to stop in to your local Dollarwise for all of your hosting needs!

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