Nervous about hosting a dinner party? Here’s how to pull it off and make it look easy

Having friends over for dinner is a great way to catch up. People have the opportunity to come to your home, enjoy your space and place and have an all-round good time. It can be very intimidating hosting as you feel like there is so much to do and remember. And while we tell ourselves that our friends don’t mind if it’s not perfect and the place is a little shaken up by the dogs and kids, we still want it to look good so we can feel proud of our home when they walk through the doorway. But, hosting your friends for dinner need not be such an overwhelming task, it could and should be fun and enjoyable. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re about to have a dinner party at your home.

Alcohol makes the world go around

Good alcohol makes everyone relax and mellow, if you don’t have a solid stock of alcohol options at home, don’t bust the bank by buying a bunch of things that will take you another five years to finish. You can suggest that your friends bring what they prefer to drink. Chances are they will leave behind the leftovers and there’s your private stash right there for the next time. You can also order online wine Australia and have a few choice bottles delivered to your door, saving you the hassle of going out to the shops to do this yourself.

What to cook

What you cook can very much depend on the season that you’re in. Winter nights are often cold and wet, so offer a meal that is warm and cozy. Stews, roasts, and plates of pasta are good options for a cold winter’s night. It is truly valuable to the term, comfort food. If you’re hosting in the summer months, offer light and colorful food, and healthy meal options. People like eating healthy in the summertime. 


This is one of the easiest things to organize even if you know nothing about music. Platforms like Spotify and Amazon now come with an incredible array of playlists for every occasion. Simply subscribe to one of these platforms and look for a playlist of dinner music. You will have plenty to choose from. Or, go one better and invite your guests to contribute their own choices to a shared playlist that you can play in the evening. Talk about fun! 

The benefits of hosting

It gives you the opportunity to treat your friends and it is cheaper than eating out. If you are struggling for money and still want to host, don’t be afraid to ask people to bring things that they can contribute. Socializing in the home is a more comfortable space and it is easier to move around and talk to some of the other guests. You may even liven up the evening by playing a game of cards after everyone has dinner

Downfalls to hosting

There’s always the risk of broken glass as people hustle and bustle around the house. And then there’s the joy of cleaning up the mess the morning after. If your children are keen to earn some extra pocket money, pay them to be the waitresses and buss-boys. That way it’s a win-win situation. They get pocket money, you get a clean house. You’ll be happy to be munching on leftovers the next day but may tire of the same leftovers if there’s too much left behind.