How to Throw a Fabulous Summer Dinner Party

By, Lily Boock

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Food is always a great excuse to spend quality time with people you care about. This summer, make a point to host some fabulous dinner parties and impress your friends and family with your entertaining skills. Follow these tips to ensure that your party is flawless!

1. Shop Local

Take a trip to your local farmers market and pick up some fresh, seasonal vegetables. Try to base your dishes on what you pick up there. Homegrown vegetables always taste better than store-bought!

2. Stick with Tried and True Recipes

A dinner party is not the time to try out new recipes. Carefully plan your menu with dishes that that you already know how to make and that also pair well with each other. Plan the menu at least a week in advance so you have plenty of time to collect your ingredients.

3. Prep Ahead

Prepare everything that you can the night before, so you can focus on time sensitive food the day of. Also, make sure your dishwasher is empty prior to the party for easy cleanup. Try to tidy up as you go so you are not left with a huge mess by the end of the night.

4. Details!

Tiny details make a world of difference! Set up your table display a few days early, so you have time to perfect it before your party. Prepare a playlist with music that your guests will like to have playing in the background. Use candles and ambient lighting to create a comfortable atmosphere. Your guests will appreciate this attention to detail.

5. Floral Touches

No dinner party is complete without flowers! Visit your local florist to find the perfect flowers to use as your table’s centerpiece. Better yet, pick flowers from your own garden! In the future, consider planting a special garden with flowers and herbs to use for dinner parties.