How To Have a Stress Free Dinner Party

With Christmas around the corner, everyone’s in a hurry. We’re hurrying to get all the gifts bought and wrapped and hurrying to stock the freezer with all the ingredients we need for the perfect Christmas dinner; all in all, it can be a pretty stressful experience. It certainly doesn’t make matters any easier when you have parties to plan for either. Christmas is known as the season to be jolly, meaning that we often spend the holidays in a haze of food and drink, combatting hangovers and trying to keep to our own schedules. As it stands, most of us could do with introducing a bit more simplicity into our lives all year round, so why not take advantage of some of these handy tips for a simpler but equally enjoyable dinner party.

Slow Cookers

Slow Cookers are the ultimate tool when it comes to simplifying the cooking process. Many people find them completely invaluable and it’s not hard to see why. For someone with a busy schedule, it’s the perfect solution; simply prepare the food, dunk it in the slow cooker and let it cook. You can leave it on all day without spoiling the dish, and a slow cooker allows you to work at your convenience. Put it on in the morning and find a ready-to-eat dish when you return home in the evening. They go down a treat at dinner parties too.

 Serving Yourself

Dishing up portions can be a pain, especially when you have to take the dietary needs and concerns of your guests into account. Instead, get your guests to serve themselves by providing the food in serving bowls and dishes and the appropriate cutlery. That way, everyone gets what they want and it allows you more time to play host and spend time with your friends. There are some lovely ranges of cookware available from companies like Crosbys that are perfectly suited to this sort of serving method. After all, there’s no reason that your table can’t look great even when it’s groaning with food.

 Downsize

If the stress is getting to you but you still have to make a three course meal for all your friends, then why not consider cutting things down a bit? Invite a small group of people, serve a minimalist but fulfilling dish, or only keep it to a main course and pudding, whichever what you prefer. You can have a lovely and memorable evening with friends without having the throw out the red carpet and run yourself ragged. Your guests will understand; the only thing that really matters is that the food and the company are good. If you’ve got that, then everything else is just a pleasant addition.

We live busy lives, so any chance to make things easier is always welcome. As you can see, there are plenty of ways to trim down the festivities without trimming down on the fun and enjoyment, and it will mean much less stress and a bit more money in our pockets to boot!

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