Are you one of those who go nuts around their birthday and start planning your special day months before? If yes, then this article is just the right thing for birthday enthusiasts like you.
Balloons, check! Party poppers, check! Decoration, check! And the guest list, check! But the dinner? Oh no! Did you forget about the dinner? Food is the essence of every party, and you don’t want to ruin it just because you were busy planning the perfect party. Right? So what’s the immediate solution? Yes, it would be best if you cooked it right away.
Obviously, preparing a dinner for so many guests is definitely not something that can be done instantly. You need a lot of planning and tame your organizational skills to prepare a delicious dinner. Now, put on your apron and get to work.
Let’s cook it off!
- Select out-of-the-box recipes
The toughest part of preparing the dinner is selecting the recipes. What to prepare for such a special day is pretty confusing and is a real head-scratcher. It’s time to dust off those recipe books of your grandma and select an out-of-the-box recipe. You can also choose something traditional and add a tint of your own creativity. Remember, don’t go overboard with it because you wouldn’t want to mess it up. Also, your guests might forget about the party’s decoration, but they’ll never forget about the food that was served. So, you’ll want them to have happy memories. Right?
Now, the second step is to practice those recipes. It is possible that if you are cooking something for the first time, you might forget or mess up something. You wouldn’t want to serve that to your guests. So, it’s better to practice them and take help from your fellow party planners and incorporate their suggestions.
- Gather all the logistics and ingredients
Now that you know what you are making for the big day, it’s time to take a trip to the grocery store and gather everything you need. Having a list prepared in advance can help you avoid the last-minute hustle and bustle. After you have everything, store it in one place. It will help you avoid any sort of confusion while preparing the dinner.
Pro Tip: Don’t wait until the last minute to go to the mall. Shopping for the logistics and ingredients early will buy you time to look for something you might have a hard time finding.
- Don’t forget to order the dessert.
Now, that’s the most important part of the preparation of any food. Every guest, oh wait! Let’s change that every person likes to eat something sweet after eating the food. So, it is fair to say that no meal is complete without a dessert.
Now, suppose you wanted to incorporate ice cream in the desert. Before picking up the flavor blindly, it is better to know and take a quick survey about them. There are so many Farm fresh ice cream flavors available in the market, and you can choose the that you or your guest likes. Flavors such as vanilla, strawberry, raspberry, salted caramel, whisky cream, licorice, espresso, or apple pie can elevate the sweetness of your party.
Make sure you also take into consideration that your guests are not allergic to any flavor or ingredients. Otherwise, you or the guests might end up in a medical emergency. And nobody wants that. Right?
- Create an impressive centerpiece
Every fancy dinner needs to be laid out perfectly. For this, you need to create an impressive and creative centerpiece to ensure that the dinner is served in a classic manner. In fact, the art of preparing the centerpiece may be forgotten or overlooked in the past years, but little effort and creativity can change that instantly.
The key to preparing a classy and perfect centerpiece is letting it impress others and speak for itself. Remember, you have to keep it subtle, it is definitely an important part of the party, but you don’t have to draw all your focus to it.
For example, you can go for a centerpiece that says “Wishing Well.” Since it is your birthday people would have so much to wish for you. This is one of the most interactive and heartfelt ways to celebrate any momentous occasion. For this, you just need a beautiful bowl, strips of paper (about 57 inches long), and a marker. Circulate the paper and ask the guests to write something nice for the birthday girl or boy. After they are done, they just have to curl the paper around the marker and toss it into the bowl. And Voila! You have a bowl full of birthday wishes for you that can be read aloud while giving a toast or during the desert. That’s really cute!
- Find a signature cocktail for dinner.
Preparing a signature cocktail for a dinner party is the best part of planning it. The first rule of party planning says that you should always be ready with your drinks before the arrival of your guests. If you have no idea about preparing a signature cocktail, here’s an example you can try. Grilled peach with lemon rush smash is the perfect combo to kick off the night. Also, once you know what drink you are going to serve, make sure there’s a pitcher full of it and enough glasses for each and every guest.
You can also serve the drinks on a cute survey tray, but then someone has to keep rotating it. So, find your taste and create a classic combo and celebrate your favorite day with a bang.
Birthday is an important day, and no one will blame you if you want to celebrate it with a little pomp and show. When you are done preparing the party dinner, start planning for some activities. Surf online for some party games and activities to keep the guests entertained and happy throughout the party. Otherwise, it will all be a flop show.
So throw a kick-ass dinner party for your birthday and bask in the warmth of the “best wishes!”