Mad Men Dinner Party

Keep ’em thirsty.

I don’t throw dinner parties much. I used to, but we don’t so much anymore. It just seems like such a hassle. Then I read about an awesome tradition and it made me reconsider. Plus, I’ve recently deduced the best day of the week to have a dinner party is… Friday.

When you host people on Saturday it becomes a much bigger deal. You pretty much lose the day shopping and preparing the meal. Sunday you’re all hung over and the counter full of dirty dishes only adds to the Sunday blues. 

apple punch

Do you offer house cocktails?

That’s why having friends over for supper on Friday is so brilliant. It’s more casual, inherently less stressful and let’s face it, nobody expects a four-course meal when they know you’ve just come from work. Not only is it a lovely way to kick off the weekend, having people on Friday frees up the rest of your weekend. 

Stuffed roast chicken

I bet the Italian store can whip this up for you. I won’t tell.

Dinner party food ideas

What to serve for an impromptu Friday night dinner party? I think you can never go wrong with: Roast chicken and risotto or pasta with a big salad and roasted veg. And make your dessert a day in advance, so you don’t have to worry about it. This one is a real crowd pleaser, especially in autumn. It doesn’t really matter what you serve, though. It’s the ambiance you create. If you keep it simple and are less stressed, your guests will be, too. 

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tips for hosting a dinner party

p.s. You might be keen to read:

A French Dinner Party

 The Secret to a Successful Thanksgiving