Dinner parties are a great way to socialise and have a great time with close family and friends. But although they may seem straightforward, there is a plethora of potential dangers awaiting the host, ranging from slips, trips and falls to food safety and hygiene problems.
How do I make sure I’m hosting a safe dinner party?
Although there are plenty of potential dinner party mishaps awaiting any host, there is no reason that your event should not be enjoyable, entertaining and above all, safe. Follow our tips to maximise your chances of dinner party success:
- Maintain Your Cooking Area – Making sure that food is prepared in a clean and hygienic environment is key. Ensure that surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before use, and then again between the preparations of different dishes and food types. Also be sure to avoid cross-contamination by using different utensils for meat and other types of food.
- Thorough Cooking – To avoid serving your guests a dish of food poisoning make sure that all meals are cooked thoroughly. Most ingredients come with guidelines to maximise taste and avoid problems; these should always be followed. If this is not possible try not to guess, do your research either by using the internet or asking somebody for advice.
- Know Your Guests – It’s always important to check if any of your guests have particular allergies or food preferences to avoid dinner party calamities. Serving guests food items that they are unable to cope with could result in huge problems and potential hospital trips. It could also be handy to research several allergies to be prepared in the event of a problem.
- Keep Your Party Area Tidy – As a host, chances are that you will be moving around for much of the evening. To avoid any home based trips or falls, it’s wise to make sure that your hosting area is free of clutter and everyday items. This may require a bit of time, but could be the difference between a safe and enjoyable event and a disastrous one.
- Clean, clean, clean – Even when your party is over it is wise to have another clean. Bacteria from food can be a hazard the next day and could possibly still result in food poisoning.
Don’t be put off of hosting a dinner party by any possible hazards, just make sure you follow our guidelines and it should go off without a hitch.