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The day has finally come when you can throw your own dinner party. You have just moved into a luxurious apartment fully equipped with everything you need for your event. Hosting your first dinner party can be nerve wracking. “What do I cook? How should I keep guests entertained? What kind of music should I play?” are just a few of the thoughts that might go through your mind as you begin planning your party. Lucky for you, Woodmont West is here to answer these questions and many more to help you throw an unforgettable dinner party!
Prepare in Advance
Don’t leave everything for the last minute. Your guests will be able to tell if you rushed through cooking and decorating, and things may look – or worse, taste – as if it were thrown together in five minutes. As far as food goes, prep whatever you can in the days prior to your event. Buy the ingredients, chop vegetables, decorate a platter, and do whatever you need to do to save yourself some time on the big day.
Be Aware of Food Allergies
Have a few different options ready for your guests to have. Someone in the group might be intolerant to gluten, allergic to peanuts, or vegetarian. A good strategy is to have a platter of veggies and salad options in addition to your main dish, which may include meat. Peanut allergies can be dangerous and life threatening, so be sure to ask your guests if anyone has a peanut allergy and how severe it is. This way, you will know if it is a good idea to include any kind of nuts on your menu. Having a few different options will provide you and your guests with a variety of foods to choose from, which is never a bad thing. It might even leave them coming back for seconds, and maybe even thirds!
Take it Easy with the Appetizers
No good host allows their guests to go hungry. Appetizers are a great way to keep your guests from getting hungry. Although you do want to keep your guests satisfied, make sure they don’t fill up on appetizers alone. If they eat too much beforehand, they might be too full to enjoy the main entrée. A cheese platter, finger sandwiches, or pigs in a blanket should do the trick in keeping your guests satisfied, yet craving more.
Create a Festive Playlist
Compile a playlist full of your favorite party jams. The songs should be upbeat and fun. If you’re having trouble, you can ask your guests for song recommendations. If you don’t have time to put together a playlist, rely on apps like Pandora or Spotify to do the job for you. This way, you can focus on decorating, cooking and getting your apartment ready for the party.
Have Plenty of Seating Options
There are few things worse than not being able to find somewhere to sit at a party. To avoid this, be sure that you have ample seating options for your guests. Since it is a dinner party, it is essential that you have enough space at the dinner table. Make sure there are enough place settings, napkins, utensils, and chairs. If needed, add some extra chairs to the table or add a plastic table or desk with a tablecloth to extend your table as long as you need it. You can also add tall stools to your counters to create a makeshift table. Having plenty of seating options will ensure that your guests are comfortable and won’t have to eat standing up.
Clean as You go
To prevent a monstrous mess from accumulating throughout the day, clean as you go. While you’re cooking, wash pots and pans as soon as you’re done using them. This way, there won’t be a buildup of dirty dishes before the party even begins. As guests finish eating, load their plates into the dishwasher. Don’t leave any unwanted messes lying around because you will definitely regret it the next morning.
Luxury Apartments in Mount Arlington, NJ
Are you still searching for a perfect home to host your dinner parties? Here at Woodmont West, we offer spacious one and two bedroom apartments located in a lively community, perfect for anyone looking to move! If you have any questions, schedule a visit or call us at (844) 264-4733 anytime to speak with a leasing professional.