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  • 2-3 Weeks Before
    • Decide on a style, theme and type of cuisine for your dinner party.
    • Confirm date and time.
    • Choose a location for the party home or at a restaurant or cafe.
    • Determine an affordable budget if hosting the party at your home.
    • Generate a guest list with consideration of your budget.
    • Develop a party action plan if hosting the party at home.
  • 2 Weeks Before
    • Invite your guests by telephone call or send an invitation.
    • If hiring caterers, book their service.
    • Create a contingency plan to bring the party indoors just in case weather isn’t permitting (if you are having an outdoors party).
  • 1-2 Weeks Before
    • Create a menu relevant to your theme.
    • Test the recipes you a planning to cook on the night.
    • Match wine(s) to the meal.
    • Consider the decor you will be using.
    • Clean any crystal, china, and silverware you?ll be using.
    • Shop for a new dinner party set that matches your theme or any decoration accessories that you may require.
    • Create a shopping list.
  • 1 Week Before
    • Purchase items off the shopping list for food that can be pre-prepared, beverages for the night and other items that can be stored until the day of the dinner.
    • Pre-prepare foods that can be frozen until the dinner party.
    • Prepare your party clothes.
    • Organise music for the party.
    • Follow up with guests who are yet to RSVP.
    • Create a seating plan if desired.
    • Finalise numbers and make reservations at the restaurant or cafe if you’re a having the dinner party outside of your home.
  • Day Before
    • Go shopping for fresh food items and ingredients to recipes that a required for cooking on the day/night of the dinner party.
    • Clean house and dinner party area.
    • Designate a place for coats.
    • If having the dinner party at a restaurant of cafe, confirm attendance with your guests.
    • Prepare your clothes for the day – wash and iron.
  • Day of the Dinner Party
    • Buy fresh flowers.
    • Set table with linen, crockery, cutlery and glassware.
    • Set up stereo in a location where the dinner party table will be able to hear the music.
    • Quick check to make sure the house is clean.
    • Check bathrooms for fresh towels/soap.
    • Start cooking meals in the afternoon that can be reheated later and still taste excellent.
    • Give yourself an hour to get ready and relax with a glass of wine before your guests arrive.
    • Start music before first guest arrives.
    • Ensure that guests are introduced to one another.
    • Enjoy your cooking and great company.
    • Clean up once all guests have left.

Dinner Party Checklist
  Campbell Rodriguez

on December 28, 2011

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