While ordering in and dining out is fun, there’s something special about hosting a dinner party. Big or small, dinner parties are a great time to gather friends and enjoy each other’s company. The best part about dinner parties is that you can do them whenever you want because you are in control. Here are 5 reasons you should host a dinner party.
Cooking at home is tastier, healthier and cheaper.
When you cook the food, you know exactly what is going into the dish. You choose which oils and fats to use and how much. You choose which types of meats and veggies, etc. Make it as healthy and tasty as you like. Plus, if you or any of your guests have allergies or sensitivities to particular foods, you can control that, too.
Purchasing food at your local market to cook for six people is less expensive than picking up the check at a local restaurant for a table of six. As you are planning for your party, be on the lookout for coupons or specials at your market. Or, even better, plan your meal around the specials to save money.
Trying new foods is better with company.
Sharing food with one another is a time-tested way to bond with the people in your life. It’s even better when you all are experiencing a food for the first time together. It could even be the theme of the party. You could also create a cocktail of the night and introduce your guests to a new craft cocktail. Invite those friends over who to whom you are always saying, “We should try that new restaurant!”
TIP: Have a tried and true dish ready as back up plan in case things just don’t go the way you plan.
It’s nice to unplug and engage IRL.
Restaurants are nice to take photos of your food and check in on social media. A good dinner party may start with leaving mobile phones in a basket from the start. Everyone who is important for that night is already inside. Remove the screens and engage with one another in real life. Plus, it’s easier to get people to give up their devices when they are a guest in your house. Bring out the old school board games and playing cards.
You want to celebrate with friends.
Do we really need a reason to celebrate? Dinner parties are great to celebrate an occasion like birthday or anniversary but they are also great to celebrate everyday life and friendship. The best memories are made and the most fun is had when people simply enjoy the company of others. Whether it’s your BFF and their partner or it’s the new neighbor, invite them over for a mini-celebration.
There is no wait and no rush.
When you have dinner with a group of friends at a restaurant, there is inevitable a wait for the table. Then, you chance being rushed out the door. Since you are in control of the logistics and, well, everything else at your dinner party, there is no wait! Plus, your guests can take their time visiting with one another after the meal is served. That’s kind of the purpose of the party part of a dinner party.