Basic Party Tips

A dinner party will provide the perfect setting to catch up with family and friends. In order to make sure that the event runs smoothly you will need to plan and organize all aspects of the event, and that includes the catering. A catering team will be able to prepare, cook and serve the meals for you, but for a special touch you can be involved in planning the menu and drinks. This article provides some simple tips that will help you to plan the perfect menu for your guests and make it a party to remember.

Guest list

The first step is to write down the names of all of the people that you would like to attend your dinner party. Don’t forget to include additional space if you are allowing your guests to bring children, friends or partners. Always ask your guests to RSVP so that you can get clear on how many people will be attending.

Event Type and Theme

The type of menu that you choose should depend on the type of dinner party that you are hosting. Are you planning on hosting a formal, black-tie dinner party? Or do you want it to be a more informal family gathering? This also applies to the main theme of the dinner party. You can choose a menu that fits into the general theme of the evening, such as a traditional family meal or a fancy gourmet theme. When it comes to choosing the food you will also want to make sure that the starter, main course and dessert all complement one another too.

Get Inspired

You can start looking online for some food inspiration. Pinterest is a great way to create a mood board which contains images of dishes that look beautiful and sound appealing. All good catering teams will also be able to provide you with sample menus which you can tweak according to your tastes.

Dietary Requirements

Make sure that you check with your guests if they have any dietary requirements. Good catering teams will be able to create special dishes for people with certain dietary requirements including vegetarians, vegans and those on a gluten-free diet.


Don’t forget about the drinks. No dinner party is complete without a special cocktail or two. You can also incorporate wine or champagne into the evening. The catering team will be able to advise you on what drinks will best complement the dishes that you are serving. Water and soft drinks should be available for guests who do not want to drink alcohol.


After you have completed your dream menu you can show it to your catering team. They will be able to provide you with additional suggestions on how to improve the menu. They may also be able to cook up a sample menu so that you can taste the food before it is served up at your dinner party.

Follow the above tips and you should be well on your way to choosing the perfect menu for your dinner party. All the best.

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