I’m sure everyone has hosted a few dinner parties here and there and gets nervous every time your guests start grubbing on that semi-burnt steak you just made. I know you’re thinking about how your mother-in-law is going to react when she finds out that you just overcooked what was supposed to be tender salmon. Well, there’s nothing to fear because here are some fancy tips to help you cook like a pro!


Practice makes perfect

This might sound cliché, but it is true. Your kids might be sick of that chicken potpie you’ve been making for a week now, but when your guests dig into it, I am 110% sure they will love it! Whatever you do, never EVER wing it! That is a disaster waiting to happen. And boy are you going to be a hot topic at the next dinner party. So make sure you get to practice on your recipe before serving it!


Always season your food

Some people forget this all the time. I don’t know how many times I have to remind my daughter to always season her food. Remember that little girl wearing that yellow raincoat? Yes, that girl in the container of Morton Salt. Please do not forget to season your food. But, don’t over do it. When you seasoning, it’s best to wash the taste off your mouth with water to refresh your palate beforehand just to make sure.


Don’t over do it

Be casual about dinner parties. Don’t pressure yourself into making that Pappardelle with Sea Urchin and Cauliflower. Keep it simple but mesmerizing. Dinner parties are supposed to be fun and never a competition. Don’t cook too much either. Make just enough to keep your guests wanting for more.


Use different textures and ingredients

This is an important one when you host a dinner party. Have a good variety of food for your guests. Some people cook what they know and most of it could be fried. You don’t want to serve your guests with everything fried such as fried chicken, fried rice, fried potato chips, French fries and fried pork chops. Give your guests a variety of choices from different meats and textures. In addition to that, make sure those dishes compliment each other. Try not to have everything bathed in tomato sauce for crying out loud!


Always serve your food hot

A lot of people don’t understand this but please do not serve your food cold. Prep your food a couple hours before dinner and cook it an hour or 30 minutes before they arrive. You can even continue cooking while they are lounging on the coach you just cleaned. The important part is that all your food is smoking hot or at least warm. Proper time management is best.

If you follow these tips, I am sure they will be coming back for more. One last tip though, make sure to clean your house before hosting a party!