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Creating an Ideal Dinner Party

A lot of thought must go into the preparation of a dinner party. Not just in the selection and preparation of food, but also of wine and most importantly, the mix of guests.

Food must be appealing in many ways. Not everybody enjoys exotic recipes with strong flavors, particularly when heavily spiced. Delightful for some, not so for others. Choose food that has general appeal, unless you know and know the preferred tastes of your guests.

And wines need to be given similar consideration. Most guests will prefer wines that are simple on the pallet and not too heavy. Lighter reds and dry whites have stronger appeal in most cases.

But of critical importance is the guest list. If you are preparing a dinner party for eight to ten people make sure you sit them in such a way that they can chat comfortably together. If you choose to invite guests who are known to have diametrically opposed views on serious matters such as politics, be ready to moderate the conversation at a moment’s notice. Otherwise, the party will simply descend into argument and the resulting chaos. That leaves a nasty taste, not just in your mouth, but in the mouths of your guests, in addition.

I recall, many years ago, my wife and I hosted a dinner party. At one point during the evening one of the guests felt pressured by another guest and, feeling insulted, chose to leave. Only a quick intervention saved the party from impending disaster. But, the atmosphere around the table during the rest of the evening was rather tense, to say the least.

Entertaining at home is a lot of work. But when you get it right, it’s a real pleasure for everybody; guests and hosts alike. Like so much in life, it won’t just happen. It needs careful plotting in so many ways.

It’s still the most enjoyable way to spend time together with friends and acquaintances.

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