So, it’s your turn to have your group of friends over for a dinner party- let the stressing begin! Not really though; hosting a dinner party can be simple if you have the right tools to make it so. It’s not just about creating a delicious meal; you want your guests to feel at home in your home. Here are the 3 must-have items to make your dinner party amazing:

  1. Comfortable seating and space

There’s nothing worse than cramming 10 people around a 4-seater table. If your kitchen has space, upgrade to a table that comes with an extendableleaf, so you can increase the size of the table when you need to. Building a bench also provides more seating than individual chairs do. Create mingling stations around the kitchen so some people can comfortably stand while other sit. A great example would be to have a sampling station or finger foods on the counter for people to try, and then have a drinks station set up in another area. Before dinner, having mingling stations is a great way to break the ice.

  1. A gorgeous atmosphere

To create an inviting, warm, and happy atmosphere you need to invest in proper lighting. No more fluorescent panel ceiling lights. And, consider getting a record player (or at least a music streaming service) to create some background noise. You could even light some pre-dinner candles, or better yet, boil a pot of cinnamon and vanilla extract and let the aromas flood the house. Your guests want to feel at home in your home, so think about all the ways you can make them feel that way. If it means choosing a theme for the night that everyone will love, then get your decorating on! Or maybe you create a menu full of home-cooked classics that will make everyone’s bellies and hearts warm.

  1. Functional tools

How do you create an awesome meal without the right tools? This isn’t the time or place to serve microwaveable meals! Do your research ahead of time to make sure you have the best tools for the meals you want to serve. That may mean investing in a food processor, replacing the tongs you broke last week, or upgrading your pots and pans. This also applies to cleaning products because no one wants to spend 5 hours cleaning a post-party kitchen. Your kitchen deserves to have the best of the best so that when you host a party, your guests feel like the best of the best.

If you cross off these 3 must-haves, you are guaranteed to have an amazing dinner party. Focus on creating a space that makes your guests feel welcomed and comfortable. Create an atmosphere that intrigues all the senses and sets the mood for a fun night. And, be prepared with functional and practical tools so that you can create the best meal of your life. Hosting a dinner party can be a lot of fun, just follow these 3 tips to make it great.

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