By Christina Menezes
Are you an introvert who dreads the thought of going to a party or being around too many people? If so, planning a dinner party is probably the last thing on your mind. But there comes a time in every introvert’s life when they are faced with the daunting task of hosting a party or a group dinner. Just because you’re not a social butterfly doesn’t mean you can’t throw a kick-ass soiree. Here’s how to do it.
1. Plan in advance.
Don’t wait till the week before to plan your dinner party. Plan at least 2-3 weeks in advance. This will give you enough time to get RSVPs, plan your menu, go grocery shopping, and tidy up your apartment or home. If you’re feeling fancy, use Paperless Post to send out invites. Planning in advance will make for a more stress-free experience.
2. Pick a good group of people.
Invite friends who have similar interests or at least a few things in common, and will all get along. Since you feel overwhelmed by large groups, keep it small. A smaller group will give you the chance to focus on your guests without feeling like you are spreading yourself too thin. It also provides for a more intimate experience where everyone can connect and engage with each other.
3. Stick with what you know.
Don’t attempt to make a fancy dish you’ve never tried before. If you must make an elaborate dish, make sure you’ve practiced it a few days before. You don’t want to feel disappointed or stressed if you try out a new recipe the day of, and it doesn’t turn out like you’d hoped. Sometimes simple is best, especially when hosting your event. Also, there’s nothing wrong with buying dessert or appetizers from the supermarket (cheese and crackers, anyone?) – you don’t have to do everything on your own. Oh, and don’t forget to ask your guests about allergies and dietary restrictions ahead of time.
4. Don’t forget the drinks and the music.
A little alcohol never hurt anyone. It will help you and your party loosen up and have a great relaxed evening. Prepare a big pitcher of cocktails so you don’t have to mix one each time a guest arrives. Make an awesome playlist on Spotify or Pandora to set the mood.
5. Don’t take yourself (or your dinner party) too seriously.
This is key. Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to make sure everything is perfect. It’s okay if your roast potatoes look a little darker than you had wanted (most people like crispy potatoes, anyway). Chances are your friends are just happy to be there for the delicious food, free wine, and good company. Relax and enjoy the evening!