Without a theme, your Dinner Party is just a bunch of stuff happening at the same time. Choosing Dinner Party Themes is the best way to make each meal a coherent event.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Ms Blaelock’s Book of Stress Free Dinner Parties suggests “Dinner Party themes don’t have to be something monumental like Titanic or Murder on the Orient Express, they can be as simple as Italian or Emily’s Birthday. They are just a way to maintain your focus.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for choosing Dinner Party themes.
- Start with the season: In the middle of Summer, you may not want piping hot chowder. Choose a theme that allows you to cook food you will enjoy in the ambient conditions. For example, Versailles Garden Party or Beltane.
- Don’t cook beyond your abilities: If you can barely boil a pan of water, steer clear of elaborate dishes and pick something with simple that require minimal preparation. Try Spring Harvest or Stunning Salad.
- Develop a Reliable Menu: When you think about the food you frequently prepare, like asparagus, lamb roast, strawberries and cream, a theme will sometimes suggest itself. In this case Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Dinner, but a few tweaks gives you Greek or Easter as well.
- Think about your guests: If you are cooking for someone special, cook the things they like to eat. No one has to know that this dinner is just an excuse to get close to J♥nathan.
- Look at cooking magazines: If all else fails, look at what’s in the latest entertaining magazines. You will often find menu suggestions written out for you, but don’t forget to practice new dishes before you spring them on your friends.
Each of these tips narrows your options, helping you to pick the right theme, and stay focused on relaxing and enjoying your dinner party too.
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