Kate Gibbs, Food writer, Author and Cook
1. Set the scene: Start with the basics. Make sure the house is clean and good music is playing. Create a vibe that sets the tone of the evening, and make sure everyone is relaxed, including the host (you).
2. Pamper your guest: Hosting a dinner party is about creating the ultimate escape for your friends from their daily chores.
3. The food matters: Whether it’s canapés or a sit-down meal, no matter the occasion there has to be enough food. Think snacks and nibbles, bowls and platters set and filled, ready to keep guests busy and content.
Massimo Mele, Chef, Sydney and Hobart
1. Think it through: Make sure you think about what style of event you would like to have. Casual or formal? You can get caught up in the finer details and forget the most important thing - style.
2. Your menu, your budget and most importantly your skill level. Pick dishes that look great, taste great and are easy to prepare.
3. Drink well: Drinks need to be of the highest quality and served right, so make sure the bubbles and beers are on ice.
Richard Ousby, Executive Chef at Stokehouse Group
1. Be organised: Have everything prepped and ready before your friends arrive! Your guests are at your home to see you!
2. Presentation goes a long way: Be smart about what your food is presented on, a lovely dish can make all the difference!
3. Be selective with the guest list: Select your guests with each other in mind – the best dinner parties are when the conversation is easy and fun.
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