No matter if you are going to a dinner party or throwing one, the success of the party can depend upon you. If you are sitting at the corner, probably no one is going to want to talk to you. There are some things you should change.
Especially if you are the host, you have to prepare everything in advance and be aware that you are inviting people in and you have to be there for all of them, at all times.
Plan in advance
The most important thing about dinner parties is that you plan everything in advance. This also implies knowing your limits.
So, for example, if you want to gather some people, you will first have to calculate how many people you want or can take on. If you lack space or chairs – extend your table, put it to a bigger room and borrow chairs from neighbours. There is always the option of eating around the coffee table like the Turks.
Many things influence the very event, such as your daily schedule, your home budget, your willingness to start everything over if you fail and the feeling of confidence that you can manage everything.
Pick the right menu
Every host (or hostess) wants their food to be remarkable and memorable.
Do not experiment or make new dishes that you have never tried before. If you do, you risk to mess something up and leave your guests without the dinner.
If you really want to try something new, you can make a rehearsal – for example, pick a new simple recipe from the website Organics on a budget and practice making it a few days before the event.
If the meal you are preparing can be prepared in steps, do as much as you can beforehand, that is a few days before the dinner to make things easier.
This way, you will be sure nothing will go wrong on that important day.
Be well groomed
Another thing about parties is that you have to be well groomed.
Especially if you have spent half a day in the kitchen, you should make the schedule in a way that you give yourself some ‘me time’ before the guests arrive: to take a shower, brush your teeth, put on deodorant, some make up, pick the right clothes, etc.
If you want to be the star of the evening, wear bright clothes which will boost your confidence.
Smile is the key
When it comes to social skills, if you do not feel good about yourself, people will notice that. The same goes for overdoing it.
Find a middle ground and be confident about yourself, tell jokes, interesting stories or just silly things that first come to your mind.
Make sure to be happy and confident and smile. If you smile brightly, you will send out positive vibrations and make people more comfortable about you and about the entire event.
And do not forget to talk to everybody during the evening. You are the host, you have invited them, so it would be rude if you would leave someone out for whatever reason. The key to social interaction is looking into people’s eyes, mirroring their reactions and showing empathy along with the ability to listen tentatively.