As temperatures drop, there's no better way to spend a Friday night than breaking bread with your friends and family. Delicious food and great company are the back bone of a spectacular dinner party. However, I know throwing one can be intimidating if you've never done it before. I'm here to give you tips on how to throw a dinner party with amazing food!
Let's start off by talking about what you're going to serve. When you're hosting a dinner party, the entree may still be cooking on the stove by the time guests arrive. It's always great to have an appetizer ready for guests to munch on in the meantime. These Roasted Pumpkin Seeds make for the perfect snack. After cleaning the seeds, you're going to toss them with olive oil and a bit of salt before popping them into the oven. If you scooped your seeds out a fresh pumpkin, feel free to carve into it and make it a centerpiece!
During the chilly weeks of fall, it's nice to feed your guests something warm and hearty. I suggest making a pot of White Bean & Chicken Chili Blanca. Whenever I have friends or family over for dinner, I want them to feel cozy and comfortable in my home. Let me tell you, Chili is the ultimate comfort food. Seasoned with cumin, garlic and cayenne, this tasty entree is sure to be a hit with your guests. The best part about this chili is that once you have everything simmering in the pot, you leave it on the stove for about an hr. That gives you time to clean up around the house, make your appetizer or get dressed before guests come over.
Now that we've discussed some meal options, we also have to talk about preparing your home for guests. Take an hour or so to tidy up. You'll want to do the dishes, take out the trash and clear your entryway of all the shoes you kick off when you come home. Cleaning your space will instantly make your home 10x more inviting. You might even want to light a candle about 30 mins before guests arrive so its scent has time to fill the space. All these things may sound trivial, but they'll help to set the mood for a relaxing, enjoyable dinner party.
When it comes to setting the table, you only need a few pieces to add an effortless charm to your party. While I love festive, seasonal decor, I encourage you to invest in pieces that can work in any season. This Threshold Table Runner will add a soft pop to your dining table and is sure to compliment whatever dishes you place on top of it. This Marble and Wood Cheese Board is chic enough for a dinner party and neutral enough to use year round.
My final tip is to SAY YES! When friends ask "Can I bring something?", say yes! Let your friends and loved ones pitch in. It'll lighten your load and allow you to have more fun during the dinner party.