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How To Host The Perfect Dinner Party (Without Losing Your Mind)

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Is anyone else a little nervous each time you decide to host a dinner party? I get nervous regardless if I’m hosting 2 or 20 people! Many of you may not know this, but my background is in event and wedding planning. To say I’m a planner, is just the tip of the iceberg. Hosting dinner or a party of any type is something I truly enjoy, but I do tend to stress out too much over the details. Since having Levi, I’ve learned a few ways to simplify dinner parties but also still leave a lasting impression.

Outsource as much as possible– Not every dish at your dinner party has to be homemade. While I do enjoy cooking and baking, it takes time and energy (two things that are scarce when you are pregnant and also have a toddler). Recently, I hosted a dinner party at our house and that morning, I wasn’t feeling well at all. Instead of spending the morning cooking, I decided to have my hubby pick up the food from a restaurant. Who said dinner parties have to be difficult?

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Make It Special- One of my favorite foods in this world is my mom’s potato salad. I asked her to make it for our dinner party, and she kindly obliged. It was a delicious side for our meal, and also added a homemade touch to the meal.

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Remember Your Why- Why are you hosting the dinner party? Is it for a birthday celebration? Special holiday? Or just because? My dinner party was a family gathering and when planning the menu, I took into account the people attending and their favorite foods. Of course, you can’t please everyone (trust me, don’t try), but if you are celebrating someone special- it’s always nice to add a special touch by having their favorite food on hand.

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Make It Pretty-Even though I outsourced the food for our dinner party, I still wanted to dress the presentation up a bit. Sure, I could have used the cardboard containers the food came in, but they were just ugly. Thankfully, I had my new Thyme & Table pieces on hand as well, which made our dinner party even better! The new line, now available at WalMart is the perfect addition for any dinner party.

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Personally, I love the beautiful copper pieces and bright colors available in this line. The wooden cutting board pictured above is a ‘must’ for any kitchen, in my opinion! It also makes a beautiful serving piece! Why not head to your local WalMart and check out these pieces for yourself? I assure you, you’ll want to host a dinner party ASAP to show off your new kitchenware!

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What are your favorite tips for hosting a dinner party? 


Tuesday 20th of March 2018

I like how you dressed up the store bought food with all the pretty touches. Good thinking!

Allison Lancaster

Wednesday 21st of March 2018

Thanks so much!


Monday 19th of March 2018

'Invite me please :-)

Allison Lancaster

Wednesday 21st of March 2018

Come on over!


Saturday 17th of March 2018

Thanks for all your tips and tricks for a fun dinner party. The potato salad looks delicious and the utensils look stunning. Thanks for sharing.

Allison Lancaster

Wednesday 21st of March 2018

It really is delicious! Thanks for stopping by!