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8 Hacks for Hosting Dinner Parties

8 Hacks for Hosting Dinner Parties

The ultimate host makes a dinner party seem effortless and simple. Here are seven hacks that will surely amp up the hosting game for any dinner gathering.

1. Provide Options for Restricted Diets

These days, it seems like everyone has some sort of dietary restriction.8 Hacks for Hosting Dinner Parties

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2. Amp Up the Atmosphere

Strike a match and light some candles on the dinner table. Add a twinkling scented candle or two in the guests’ bathroom as well. Use cloth napkins and plates that aren’t made of paper. Play background music through your home’s speakers to give the room a more festive feel. The little things in the party’s atmosphere will make the dinner gathering truly memorable.

3. Take Advantage of Meal Delivery

Hosting a dinner party doesn’t necessarily mean that the host needs to cook. Plenty of restaurants offer precooked meals to bring the quality dining of a restaurant right to the home. Restaurants can also work with a list of guest dietary restrictions to create meal options that suit the diets of each guest. To ensure a stress-free meal delivery on the night of the party, hosts should order food from their restaurant of choice at least a week in advance. Following up with the restaurant the day before the party is another measure to take in order to make certain that every component of the meal is on track for the dinner party.

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4. Vary the Bar

When serving alcohol at a dinner party, be sure to provide nonalcoholic beverages for guests who do not drink. Festive nonalcoholic beverages include sparkling water, ginger ale, and iced tea. If a guest requests a nonalcoholic beverage, pour the drink into a glass to give the table a sense of unity.

5. Designate Space for Guests to Leave Belongings

When guests walk in the door, their first thought is, “Where should I put my purse?” or, “Where should I hang my coat?” Have a coat rack or closet handy and open for guests’ use during the party, and a spare chair or room for guests’ purses and other belongings to gather. Hosts who’d prefer for their guests to remove shoes for the length of the dinner gathering should denote a space for the shoes near the guests’ place of entry. A great way to accomplish this without saying a word is lining up a few pairs of the host’s own shoes near the front door in order to encourage guests to remove their shoes as well.

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6. Consider Delivery

While this may seemed frowned upon, there are a lot of companies now that can delivery healthy, fresh meals that look and taste exactly like their homemade counterparts. Some of these companies, such as Fresh N Lean, focus in tiny niches such as vegan diets. This means there are very few dishes you couldn’t order fresh and ready.

7. Keep the Guest List Simple

When hosting a seated meal, keep the guest list free of clutter. Guests tend to enjoy smaller groups, and this cuts down on clean up at the end of the night as well. Be sure to consider seating arrangements, too, and take advantage of place cards in order to position the guests in a comfortable fashion.

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8. Save the Dishes for the Morning

A hospitable host takes time with their guests during their dinner party. Time spent elbows-deep in a sudsy kitchen sink is valuable time spent away from one’s guests. After dinner, hosts should gather the dishes into the sink, put on a pot of coffee and tea, and serve dessert. Enjoying time with guests is the most crucial hack that amateur hosts often leave out. After all, isn’t that the point of hosting a dinner party?

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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