Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
The salad was basic but delicious with the pasta dish. It also worked out having the cheese on the side. That way those who wanted some were free to without hindering those who didn’t.
When I initially talked about Menu Planning and having guests over, I focused on choosing the right menu based on the needs of your guests. In this post, I thought I’d touch on a couple of the other factors that you should take into consideration when having people over for dinner to make the experience as pleasant and hospitable as possible.
Time Things Accordingly!
What time you have people arrive, what time you eat, and what time will they be leaving should all be considered. If it is on a weekend it may not be as much of an issue, but during the week when there are work schedules involved, this becomes a big factor. We live out in the country so I always figure that we need to make sure dinner is done and eaten at a somewhat reasonable hour so that way guests have the option of driving home before it gets too late. Timing also is about scheduling your cooking time so that you can actually enjoy your guests company — and that it doesn’t take too long before dinner is served. One of the things I like to do if I am making a dish that cannot be cooked ahead of time is to prep all the ingredients so that everything is ready to go once I start actually making the recipe.
Lighting Sets the Mood!
This pertains to two things. One is actual lighting. You want to fill your home with the right balance of light so that it gives a feeling of comfort. Also make sure the front porch light is on. Nothing worse than making your guests walk out into the darkness after a lovely evening. The other half of lighting is candles. Candles always makes a home feel more inviting and pleasant. It is a great little touch to add to your guest’s experience. A lit candle is also a really nice touch for the bathroom your guests will be using for the evening.
Other Factors to think about: