This past year has been a shock to many industries. Hospitality, leisure, events and sports have all faced a difficult period during the covid-19 lockdowns. It has left us all missing loved ones and missing the chance to socialise in bars, pubs and restaurants! To socialise with friends at dinner parties seems like a distant memory, but it doesn’t need to be. Just because your dinner party is restricted in numbers, doesn’t mean that it needs to be restricted in the quality of food, the creativity of the evening or the wonderful conversations that naturally flow when even just a small group of loved ones come together.
Dinner parties, even when small, can be a perfect way of ending a long week. Current government guidelines have us in a lockdown, however when restrictions end, social gatherings may be allowed again with up to six people. However a dinner party can still be held when there are two, three or four people in your household too. If anything, the coronavirus laws can spark creativity and a chance to make some really great lockdown memories.
One of the best ways to throw a successful small dinner party is to give it a theme. Dress up, dress down, or dress to the occasion, by keeping the dinner party small means that providing fun gimmicks for each party member is cheap and easy instead of an organisational nightmare.
Having a lower number of party guests means you can individually serve your starters, mains, and desserts, in separate pots and plates. Not only is this Covid-conscious, but it also looks incredible. Serve your starters and desserts in glass pots, so you can see any intricate layering or brightly coloured ingredients for a wow-factor!
Of course, another main component of a successful dinner party is how to keep everyone entertained. With social distancing measures in place, there are a lot of classic games, which can’t be played, but some great games still remain! You could try the famous name game where you have a post-it note with the name of someone famous on it, and you have to ask yes or no questions to your friends in order to guess who you are. Or, if you are having a couple’s dinner party, why not do a Mr & Mrs question round – it’s a guaranteed way of having everyone in fits of laughter!
If this past year has taught us anything, it is to cherish the time we share with our family. If a dinner party seems a little stressful, why not let dido’s take some of the stress away and provide you with a fine culinary experience in the comfort of your own home. Let us focus on the food, and you can enjoy seeing your loved ones after a tough and demanding year.
If you are interested in the services we provide, check out our website or give us a call to see how we can help you throw a safe Covid-19 dinner party. Our dido’s @ home service makes a wonderful option during lockdown and beyond.