2. Agree your dress code, theme and food
Decide with your guests whether your dinner party is to be relaxed and informal, posh and dressed-up or ‘anything goes’. Dressing up is a welcome change from jogging bottoms, and guests can be as subtle or over-the-top as they want. If you want to maximise the fun-factor, perhaps have a theme such as dress as your hero, full formal wear or simply wearing silly hats. There are so many IDEAS to choose from and in some cases you can even match the theme and dress to the food – a Mexican, Italian or French evening for example.
Food and drink can be part of your theme, for example where everybody cooks the same recipes or makes the same cocktails – comparing everyone’s efforts can be quite hilarious, especially when things go wrong. A nearby sideboard or kitchen island could come in handy here, as a useful surface for mixing exotic drinks.
To add to the entertainment guests could vote on the best food presentation, or different family members could cook different courses.
It’s a good idea to make the starter and pudding cold and the main dish easy to plate up, to avoid guests being away from the camera for too long during the dinner party. If coordinating food seems like too much hard work then opt for guests cooking what they want – or you could even all agree to order in a takeaway.