7 Things Not to Do When Entertaining

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Posted on: 12 February 2018 by Mia Kulyabina

Some people are born to entertain, and relish the opportunity to have a dinner party. Others like the company, but dread the preparation. Here are some helpful tips to help you prepare for your guests.

The 7 deadly sins of entertaining guests

1. Don’t try out a new recipe:
You may have grown tired of your usual culinary warhorse dish, but there’s safety in the familiar. There’s just so much that can go wrong if you use your guests as a guinea pig for a new recipe. What if it turns out to be awful? If you do want to serve something new, at least test it out on your own a few times to perfect it and get confident in making it.

2. Don’t kill your guests:
Your guests may have food allergies or dietary restrictions. That’s usually easy to take care of, because they are likely to tell you what they can or can’t eat. But you can secretly do your bit to keep the gluttons from dying from heart disease. If you were planning to serve things like fried chicken, you can turn it into a much more heart-healthy dish by using an air fryer. Air frying cooks food crispy brown without oil. And it still tastes great! Your guests won’t be able to tell the difference. They’ll also feel better when they don’t eat all the extra fat.

3. Don’t forget to keep the drinks flowing:
You should absolutely keep your guests well lubricated. Quite often it’s the booze that makes the difference between a successful and a disastrous evening. For one thing, a nice glass of wine loosens the tongues and gets conversations started. And even if you overcook your roast and serve lumpy gravy, at least the booze will help your guests laugh it off.

4. Don’t leave your prep too late:
When you are entertaining guests, you need to be there for them. That means that you have to start preparing your dishes long before your guests arrive, so that you can actually be a part of the festivities when they arrive.

5. Don’t panic:
It’s vitally important that you stay calm. If you start panicking, your guests will start to feel uneasy. Refer back to the previous two points to help you keep your cool.

6. Don’t play music too loudly:
It’s good to create a bit of ambiance with background music. But keep it in the background, especially if your friends think that you have questionable taste in music. You don’t want your guests having to shout at each other to be heard, even if they like the music.

7. Don’t serve a complicated dessert:
After a great night of good food and conversation, a nice dessert can cap off a memorable event. But make sure that it’s something you can serve quickly, otherwise your guests might leave before you’ve made it out of the kitchen.

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