This past week, I’ve had my parents staying over at my house, and what a week it’s been! On Monday night, two of my blogger friends came over (meet Jami Alix and Kayla Smith and we had an impromptu dinner party. My mom and I had almost no time to prepare between full-time working and blogging, so we scrambled what we had together and it actually turned out better than expected (despite the fact that I forgot one of my besties is a vegetarian).
Nonetheless, we put together a lovely cheese plate, complete with macadamia nuts, hard cheese, grapes, and artisan Italian crackers. In hindsight, I’d love to have prepared more for my guests, but you do what you have to do in a time crunch. To help all my hostesses out there prepare for an impromptu dinner party, here are some tips I recommend:
How to Host an Impromptu Dinner Party
1. Have alcohol ready- first things first, it ain’t a party unless it’s a party (if you know what I mean). It is always best to have some sort of drinks on hand, even if your guests don’t drink. In my opinion, this is necessary. Make a quick trip to the grocery store if you don’t have any in the house.
2. Make a quick cheese plate- a cheese plate can have anything from fruit to nuts to crackers. Even if you only have one type of cheese, fill the plate up with the above mentioned items. In this case, we only had one block of half eaten cheese, so I cut it up to make nice squares to compliment the crackers. Dates, grapes, apple slices, and even chocolate give the cheese plate some sweet to go along with the savory elements.
3. Bring out your best platters- it really doesn’t matter if you don’t have time to put together a nice dinner, it will LOOK like you spent a lot of time if you bring out the best dish ware. In this case, I brought my new platters from Annieglass. They are beautiful- made from recycled glass, these plates have character and are a responsible choice for the ethical consumer. They even have little gold specks throughout! My guests were in love.
4. Bring the table outside- if you live in an area where you can dine outside, I would highly recommend creating a setting where dining in nature is possible. Not only will this distract guests from the lack of time you had to prepare, but moreover it will open up conversation and relaxation in a comforting atmosphere!
Hope these tips help when you host an impromptu dinner party yourself! Happy Spring and cheers to later nights and the beginnings of summer.