Planning the perfect meal
Lifestyle Apr 16, 2018
Planning the perfect lunch / dinner
You… can… do this… You CAN do this! Yes you can, with help from Rosebank Mall on how to plan the perfect dinner.
Before doing anything food or planning related, confirm any allergies or dietary requirements. Then, make sure the guest bathroom is adequately stocked with toilet paper, towels, soap and does not contain any personal items such as sanitary pads, false eyelashes or your gran/nan’s intensely strong pain tablets which she forgot when she last visited!
First things first, make sure whoever answers the door does so with a massive smile and open arms for a warm embrace to welcome your guests. The next best way to continue this mood is music. Your playlist should be long enough to last the night or allow for guests to connect and play their own tunes. Depending on the theme (if you have one), type of dinner party and who is coming, dimming the lights or lighting some candles can go a long way in setting the mood.
Providing a variety of snacks for guests on their arrival will immediately earn you some brownie points. When your brain is expecting food, your body starts preparing for it so be sure your guests will arrive hungry, or at least peckish. Also, variety does not mean complex, it can simply be a range of 3-5 small portions of finger foods or even a bowl of soup. TIP: If you are serving warmed finger foods be sure to keep the plates hot which will slow down the cooking of your snacks.
Flowers/Plants = life
A bunch of flowers never hurt anyone. You do not even have to go overboard or spend a ton on massive centre pieces. Simple is stylish, like a minimalistic bunch of eucalyptus or baby breathe.
Don’t take yourself too seriously, allow for error without freaking out! Your guests will not leave the night remembering that the you ran out of ice for their drinks. Enjoy the night as well by enjoying a sip of wine here and there!
Clean as you go
Make sure the dishwasher is empty and ready for loading or task some unfortunate soul (boyfriend, best friend or younger sibling) with neatly packing all dishes collected throughout the night.
Let people who offer to assist you, do so! You literally only have two hands and accepting help does not make you a bad or failed host/hostess. People, more often than not, don’t only offer to be polite, they genuinely do not mind helping where they can.
One thing people might talk about and negatively reflect on is that there was not enough food and they left your dinner party hungry, so always over cater! The left-over food can always be enjoyed the next day or shared with the less fortunate but always ensure you have enough food to feed the second-platers and any unexpected guests.
End off with a bang
End the night off with a killer dessert, this is arguably the most important course. Dessert can also include healthy treats followed by tea and coffee. The late-night coffee and tea will also be an indication to your guests of when to politely exit so that you can get the much-need rest that you deserve!