Dinner Party Do’s and Don’ts and Chimichurri Sauce Recipe
Hosting a dinner party anytime soon? Today I’m sharing my Chimichurri Sauce recipe that goes so well with my Beef Tenderloin recipe, perfect for a summer dinner party! I shared the Beef Tenderloin recipe earlier this week, so you can grab find that recipe, here. Also today, a few more tips on hosting a party.
The more you host, the fewer reminders you’ll need, because like anything, entertaining becomes easier and easier the more you practice it!
Gone are the days of formal and perfect attire, thank goodness. I love it when friends and family come in comfortable clothing, putting more energy into the conversation more than anything else. It sort of helps me get “off the hook” as a hostess, because I really do want people to come to a party to get to know others and catch up. But, it doesn’t hurt to have some good food ready for the guests!
Here are my hosting etiquette tips to get a gathering to run smoothly:
Menu and inviting.
DO: Set a menu that ties in to the theme of the party. (Don’t forget to ask if there are any special diets, for the guests that are new to your home!)
DON’T: Make the guests bring dishes that don’t match the menu, or that are outside of their comfort zone.
DO: Invite people you haven’t connected with in awhile, or old friends. Think of elderly friends who may enjoy a night out with younger people.
DON’T: Forget to invite single friends.
DO: Always have at least one appetizer. It’s all about having a little “nosh” with drinks, right before the big spread, and makes the guests feel comfortable as they get the conversation going.
DON’T: Stress about having too many. You don’t want the guests to chow down on appetizers, so they’re not hungry for the main meal.
DO: Make sure you have a variety of drinks.
DON’T: Worry if you don’t put ice in the water glasses. The food often tastes better with no ice!
Organized and conversation.
DO: Clean, organize, and get prep work done before the guests come.
DON’T: Leave big chores to be done as the guests are walking through the door.
DO: Help get the conversation going, like introducing people and pointing out what they may have in common with each other. Being a host means being a “connector,” so you need to jump in and help out at times.
DON’T: Let any guests dominate the conversation. Learn to steer it away and be prepared to change the subject if needed.
DO: Have guy time and girl time. Maybe for dessert move all the ladies to one end of the table or gathering space, and the men to the other.
DON’T: Be rigid if people want to move around before dessert. It’s a sign of a good time when guests mingle and have fun at the table.
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.
DO: Enjoy your guests.
DON’T: Get frazzled and uptight. Your guests will totally know and everyone will leave as soon as they can.
For us, the point of a dinner party is to bring people together, enjoy some great food and wines, and to have some fun!
Which one of the do’s or don’ts is difficult for you when you host a party?
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed
- 1 bunch parsley, stems removed
- 10 basil leaves
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 3 Tb. red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. white pepper
- 1 lime, zest and juice
Finely chop the cilantro, parsley, basil, and garlic (or process in a food processor several pulses). Place in a small bowl.
Add in the olive oil, vinegar, chili powder, honey, salt and pepper. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Serve immediately or refrigerate. If chilled, return to room temperature before serving, to soften the oil. Store in fridge for a day or two.