The key to hosting a successful and low-stress dinner party lies with the prep, and the more you can do ahead of time, the happier you’ll be; I’m a firm believer that happy hosts yield joyful guests. In this episode, we share 3 delectable dinner party menus with an emphasis on recipes that can be made ahead of time giving you ample time to be the incredible host or hostess you are!
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Having hosted many gatherings, I can safely say that the more you can do ahead of your guests’ arrival, the happier you’ll be.
Selecting a theme focused on a specific region or country’s cuisine can also be a fun way to get your guests excited and engaged in the planning process.
In this episode, Tara and I discuss 3 region-inspired dinner party menus featuring recipes that for the most part, can be made prior to your guests’ arrival. Feel free to use these menus to plan your next dinner party, or tweak them however you see fit.
The French-inspired dinner party menu includes an appetizer of tomato confit served with crusty bread, a selection of cheese, and fresh grapes.
Inspired by some of our favorite Italian food, this menu includes an appetizer of stuffed mushrooms, cannellini bean dip, or roasted cherry tomato crostini with whipped ricotta served alongside the epic Italian aperitivo, the Aperol Spritz.
Feel free to enlist the help of your guests when it comes to the drinks and desserts!
Letting them know you’re having a theme can help them decide what to bring.
For example, if going with the French-inspired menu, your guests may wish to stay on theme and bring some French pastries.
If you prefer to make dessert yourself, any of these recipes would be excellent:
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