Top 5 tips for keeping your dinner party simple and tasty

We all love the idea of inviting friends and family over for dinner but sometimes we bite off more than we can chew. Preparing menus, elaborate table settings, and of course the cooking, can leave us feeling more frazzled than a slice of back bacon.

Entertaining at home should be fun, relaxing and full of delicious food.  We have consulted with our fabulous Cambridge scuseme recommended caterers and here they share their top five tips for keeping your dinner party simple and tasty.

1 Atmosphere

Think about the reason for your dinner party. Is it a celebration, an informal event or more to impress? Then plan your night accordingly with a subtle theme, table settings, colours, centrepiece and music.


2 Detail

Such as freshly ironed napkins, polished silverware and thoughtful lighting can add to the ambience of a great dinner party. We all want our guests to feel relaxed!

3 Menu

Keep it simple, seasonal, local and fresh. Prepare as much as possible beforehand or hire in caterers so you don’t have to leave the dinner table.


4 Timing

Allow plenty of time for guests to chat between courses and let the dinner party flow at a natural pace.

5 Relax

Avoid getting flustered or overwhelmed in the kitchen by asking for help prior to your dinner party – experts or friends can offer advice.



Maurizio is one of our recommended local caterers. He is a chef who has a real understanding of food and wine, especially traditional Italian cuisine. His catering experience accommodates intimate dinner parties right up to special bespoke corporate events. Let scuseme help you find your perfect partner for any catering needs, just connect here.

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