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How to Plan a Healthy Dinner Party Menu?

Updated on August 23, 2017
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Sheila is a kids' author who learned heaps as a wellness coordinator. She loves to share healthy tidbits with her readers.

Be Sure to Please Each Guest

Planning a dinner party is exciting, and of course, you want your party to please in a pleasant manner, and for your guests to love your menu. It's grand to elegantly entertain your guests with an exquisite and healthy dinner menu.

First, you must know how many people will be gracing your dinner party, especially if it's a formal gathering. Make sure you have enough plates, forks, spoons, and knives for everyone at the table including chairs. Chargers are a finicky touch at the dinner table with fresh-cut flowers along with embroidered tablecloths and candles. Every guest should have a comfortable chair to eat his dinner along with ample elbow room.

Make Sure to Set Your Dinner Table Right.

If you are hosting a formal dinner party, it’s vital to have enough chairs, around the dinner table. Place the cutlery, dinner napkins with glasses accordingly and your exquisite meal on the table. Allow everyone to serve themselves after you have alleged the dinner blessing if you can't afford hired help.

If your dinner gathering is during the holidays, it’s pleasant to have your home decorated in certain themes to create a perfect ambiance of cheerfulness. Make sure your home is clean and neat with your bathrooms in sanitary working order and your banquet is complete before your guests arrive.

Cook a Simple, Healthy Dinner, Before Your Guests Arrive

It’s always not bona fide to be slaving in the kitchen when your guests arrive. You’re the host of your marvelous dinner party, and it’s vital to relax, enjoy your company and have many engaging conversations with your guests.

A three-course meal consisting of meat, poultry or fish with a complex carbohydrate and fresh vegetables is fabulous, and will surely satisfy. Some guests perhaps might not be meat eaters and it's grand to serve rice, potatoes or soup too.

The optimal meal should center on a meat and vegetable dish. Remember to always have a fresh salad as well. An exquisite home-baked dessert is supreme for those that have a sweet tooth after a dinner meal.

Healthy Munchies Every Guest Will Love

Use the Best Ingredients in Your Home Cooked Meal

It’s also important to cook with invigorated, whole food ingredients from scratch. Of course, this is time-consuming; however, you’ll receive much praise, and heaps of happy smiling faces for taking the time to prepare a home-cooked dinner meal, instead of serving a catered array of party food choices or finger foods.

It’s best to use organic condiments with natural vinegar, and fruit with raw sugar and Celtic Sea Salt in preparing your party meals. Make sure you have enough drinks for everyone with hot coffee, cappuccino, and English tea. Some people may love alcoholic beverages so you should have these on hand. Serve beverages that complement your scrumptious dessert.

Serve beef, fish or lamb with roasted vegetables and brown rice, or a potato dish with an assorted plate of fresh vegetables. There are a plethora of modes to serving cuts of beef, lamb, and fish. Cook the one you love the most. You can either broil or bake them after you've marinated them with authentic spices, instead of frying in fatty oils which are deemed unhealthy. It's best to have several types of meat for those who are not beef eaters.

Be Sure to Set Your Dinner Table in an Attractive Manner

Your table presentation is as important as the meal you serve your guests.
Your table presentation is as important as the meal you serve your guests. | Source

Set the Forks on the Left Side When Setting a Formal Table.

A Healthy Cookbook Will Give You Many Dinner Ideas

I suggest you use an appealing menu in your favorite cookbook to make scrumptious healthy dishes. A cookbook can guide you, and show you how many spoonfuls of the right amount of spices to include, and how long you must cook it, for the number of guests you're serving.

If you like to bake, you can prepare a French onion soup and a vegetable cake to serve before dinner like a quiche or onion tart. You’ll also want to make a few delicious desserts since one apple pie or chocolate cake will definitely not be enough to satisfy.

You’ll feel honored when your friends go for seconds and a third helping of food. The more food you serve the merrier your party! If there are left over’s after the party, you can offer your guests to take some food home in plastic or metal containers.

Hire, Hired Help to Help Serve You and Your Guests in Style

It’s always grand to serve finger foods as your guests arrive; this helps them to feel more at ease while they get into striking and interesting conversations. You can easily make vegetable sushi, with a package of Nori, tiny cuts of vegetables and sushi rice. Many guests love Japanese food and they'll think the world of you if you prepare the sushi yourself. It will be fresh and add a sophisticated touch to your dinner party.

Don’t forget to hire, hired help to serve you and your guests. The last thing you want is to have to serve everyone after you've cooked for hours preparing for your dinner party. This will permit you to relax and enjoy your party. You don’t want to wear yourself out. You’ll be able to enjoy your party as much as your guests if you have hired help. Hopefully, it won't burn a hole in your pocket.

© 2012 Sheila Craan


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