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October 17, 2023

Tips for Hosting Holiday Dinner Parties

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Dinner parties can be a delightful way to gather friends and family, share good food, and create lasting memories. If you have already scheduled a dinner party with me, we are already on our way to creating a menu that will wow your guests. What’s left? Planning the rest of the party! These tips will help you host the perfect dinner party.

1. Choose a Theme: While a theme is not always necessary for some it can be a real fun time! A theme can make your dinner party unique and exciting. A few ideas to get you started could include:

a. Friendsgiving
b. A Harvest Feast
c. Holiday Game Night, Christmas Bingo, Jeopardy
d. Ugly Sweater
e. Christmas Ornament Swap
f. Christmas Carol-oke
g. Latke Making

2. Set the Ambiance: Pay attention to lighting, music, and decorations. Candles and string lights can create a warm atmosphere. Choose a playlist that suits the mood you want to create, and simple, elegant table settings can make a big difference.

3. Signature Cocktails: Offering a signature cocktail or a few drink options can be a fantastic way to welcome your guests. You can also serve wine and non-alcoholic beverages to accommodate all tastes.

4. Timing is Everything: Make sure your guests arrive at a time that allows for mingling before the meal. This ensures a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

5. Keep It Simple: While you want your dinner party to be memorable, don’t overcomplicate things. Focus on good company, delicious food, and a pleasant atmosphere.

By following these tips, you can host a dinner party that your guests will herish and look forward to attending again. Bon appétit!

Recipe Recommendation

Having a simple appetizer ready for your guests is a great way to start the
party and create a relaxing atmosphere.

BLT Bites

1 recipe, cornbread (see the back of the bag), cut into squares
1 lb bacon, cut into quarter size pieces
1/ 2 cup mayonnaise
app 4 roma tomatoes, sliced into rounds
1 small bag, arugula

1. Bake the cornbread according to manufacturer’s recipe. Allow to cool and slice into strips then squares. Bake again at 250 degrees until dry and crisp. Cool again.

2. Assemble: place a dime size amount of mayonnaise on the cornbread square. Top with 2-3 leaves of arugula, 1 tomato round, 1 piece of bacon, and garnish with cracked black pepper.


Food For Thought:

Did you know? Fall is my favorite season! Personally, I love the cooler weather, outdoor runs, and the idea of a warm cup of coffee and a flannel shirt. Professionally, the bounty of vegetables and variety of cooking techniques to employ gets me excited!

What’s your favorite season?


The fall and winter dinner party season is almost booked up! If you’re interested in a date be sure to act quickly!

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