Want to be the hostess with the mostest? Follow these tips from celeb chef extraordinaire Zola Nene.
NEVER MAKE ANYTHING FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR A DINNER PARTY
The pressure of hosting a successful dinner party is high enough without throwing in the added pressure of executing a dish you've never made before. Always choose dishes that you've practised before or have already mastered. That way you know what to expect and aren't flying blind. There's nothing worse than tasting a dish for the first time along with your guests and discovering that it's simply awful.
Tip: Try one of these easy and delicious chicken recipes.
DO AS MUCH PREPARATION AS POSSIBLE BEFORE GUESTS ARRIVE
When hosting a dinner party, the idea is to spend time with your guests, not to be slaving away in the kitchen all night while everyone else enjoys the evening. Choose your menu carefully so that you are able to spend minimum time away from your guests.
Tip: This three-course menu is easy to prep beforehand and will keep you out of the kitchen on the night.
CONFIRM YOUR GUESTS’ DIETARY REQUIREMENTS BEFOREHAND
There's nothing worse than discovering that someone has an intolerance or allergy once they arrive and you have to scramble to create an entirely different menu for them on the fly.
MAKE EXTRA PORTIONS
If you have four guests attending, make six portions. Think of it as dinner-party insurance, if you drop a portion by mistake or something gets burnt, at least you have back-up.
Tip: Having a pizza party can be a very affordable way of entertaining.
LAY A NICE TABLE
Don't forget to put water, salt and pepper on the table. The idea is to make your guests feel comfortable, and asking the host to constantly get up for water or seasoning can be awkward for dinner guests. If everything is on the table from the start, you'll keep everyone happy... including yourself because you can sit and enjoy your dinner in peace too!
Tip: Get inspired here with some stylish table setting ideas.
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