When we’re young, many of us watch our parents dinner parties with awe. We look forward to the day when we meet the love of our lives and are able to host friends in our homes. So, when you get the man, you may feel that oh-so-adult urge to invite friends round. It’s a nice thing to do, and a fantastic way to host friends as a couple. Sure, you could go out for a meal, but you lose intimacy that way. With a dinner party, you invite your nearest and dearest into the bosom of your love. What could be more romantic?
But, if you and your man have never hosted together before, it’s important you know what to expect. After all, you may both have different ideas of what hosting means. And, while you have time to work it out, those first dinner party experiences are crucial. Which is why we’re going to look at a few things which will ensure your early hosting experiences together run smooth.
Settle on your roles
Long gone are the days where the woman automatically has to cook the food. Your mom might have done it, but things have changed. As such, you should sit down and work out your roles. One of you can cook, while the other greets guests and creates a stir with something like these delicious drink recipes, or some starters they can create out of the kitchen. Setting roles like these will ensure you both play your parts without stepping on each other’s toes. After all, if you both try and cook at the same time, there will be arguments. What’s more, you’re at risk of neglecting your guests that way. Instead, split things, and make sure you both know what to do on the night.
Present a united front
Often, dinner parties can expose aspects of a new partner that we may not have seen before. Perhaps they speak in a voice you can’t stand around their friends, or try to show off and embarrass you. In such instances, you may start to niggle at each other in front of friends. In case you hadn’t noticed, this is not a good idea. No matter what your partner does, you should always present a united front when you’re hosting. If something bothers you, talk about it when everyone’s gone. But, niggling in front of everyone is unfair, and awkward for all involved. Avoid it at all costs.
Take it in turns to invite
It’s also vital that you get into the habit early of taking it in turns to invite. While sociable couples may invite both their friends at once, most of us prefer to keep things separate. But, make sure that one person doesn’t get to ask their friends every time. This can lead to resentment, especially if the person doing the cooking isn’t the one who gets to invite. Make sure it doesn’t happen by developing a rota of sorts and conferring before extending invites.
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