Call your local butcher, fish shop, or baker beforehand to see how much time in advance you have to place an order for a given party size. I keep an entertaining diary logging who came, what I served, where I found the recipes and how I set the table, buffet, etc.
Growing up in a household with dinner parties once a week — sometimes even more often! I would serve a Chianti or a Pinot Noir with this meal, but if you want to start or end the night with something fun, serve Prosecco Floats.
Traditional styles create a refined ambience; a colorful mix will create a more lighthearted one. If you can prepare a sizable portion of the meal prior to the evening of, it will free up time to focus on other elements of the party like, say, creating the perfect playlist.
Throw together some simple salads and grill meat or fish. It also creates a topic of conversation. If you're making the main course, supplement the rest of the meal with a few carefully chosen store-bought items.
Dinner Party Tips and Tricks: Before we get into the dinner party menus, I wanted to start with some tips and tricks for dinner party success. It is a complete meal — no need to make side dishes.
Among guests, shared interests, professional fields or a sense of humor will also help.