Have you thrown a supper party in the past only to feel like it wasn’t quite the event you had hoped it would be? Maybe it came off a bit lackluster, it wasn’t really hopping with fun, perhaps you picked a menu that you regretted later on, or you just weren’t as well prepared and organized as you hoped. Whatever the reason your supper party didn’t work out the first time, it doesn’t mean it has to be the same moving forward.

To help you out, we’ve gone ahead and put together nine cools ways that you’ll be able to wow your guests at your next informal supper party and feel as though this time it was an incredible success.

Opt for a Ready-Made Meal

If you’re feeling really overwhelmed with choosing the menu, food preparation, and cooking, then why not take all the pressure off and go with a ready-made meal option. You can even choose a meal delivery service so the items come right to your door, making life even easier.

For those who have dietary restrictions such as vegetarian, vegan, or Paleo there are plenty of services that can provide you with appropriate selections.

You can check out the True Fare reviews for those who follow a Paleo or restricted diet lifestyle. But if you don’t have any restrictions, you’ll have a lot more options available to choose from.

Choose the Perfect Supper Party Music

A great way to set the mood for the supper party is to choose the “perfect” music. Remember it needs to be noticeable, but not take over the party. This means turning down the volume, so guests aren’t having to raise their voices just to be heard and choosing music that doesn’t distract from the mood. It should add to the overall feeling in the room, not take away or take over.

Give Thought to the Seating Arrangements

The seating arrangements can play a huge role in how successful your party is. This is exactly why you want to really think through where you place people at the dining table. It’s a good idea to use place cards so that everyone knows where they are sitting.

Take the Time to Make the Table Look Great

Spending that extra amount of care and effort on the table settings will also pay off. When guests see how inviting the table looks, they can’t help but get excited about the meal. You can include cute little favors at each setting, decorative dishes, candles for ambiance, and of course some sort of eye-catching centerpiece. Just be sure you stick to that informal vibe and are careful not to go too traditional with your table setting choices.

Don’t Procrastinate on Preparation

Another useful tip is to stop procrastinating when it comes to preparation for the supper party. Leaving everything until the last minute means you’re sure to forget details, make mistakes, and feel flustered and overwhelmed. Start getting prepared days in advance, even if that just means tidying the house, getting the table ready, and even rearranging furniture to better allow for conversation and socializing.

So, how will early preparation wow your guests? By being prepared well in advance and not having to spend the entire time in the kitchen, you’ll have that calm and collected manner about you and you’ll have more time available to socialize with your guests.

Ensure You Have More than Enough Food and Drinks

One of the worst things that can happen at a supper party is to run out of food and/or drinks. This is why you want to be sure you have planned out the portion/serving sizes properly and don’t take any chances. You don’t want to be sending your guests home hungry, as this will leave a very bad taste in their mouth.

Consider a Buffet-Style Meal

If you want to keep things truly informal then you may want to go with a buffet-style supper. With this option, the emphasis will be on the variety of choices your guests have, which is what will wow them. This can also allow for more informal seating, allowing guests to sit wherever they like.

What About Pre or Post Supper Entertainment?

And while the dinner will be the highlight of the gathering, you can also include some entertainment. That could be before or after dinner. Great options include board games, card games, and even video games. Not only will these add fun to the evening but they are also laidback and informal, the exact atmosphere you are looking to create.

You’ll Be the Star of Supper Parties

Using these tips and making sure you spend time to plan out your supper party ensures that it will be a huge success, you’ll wow your guests, and they will be anxious to come back again.