How to make a successful family dinner
How to make a successful family meal ?
Family gatherings are a good place to get together and share a good meal with your loved ones. Although a family meal is at first a pleasant moment to share as a family, it can quickly become a real headache. A poorly organized family gathering can create tensions and make your day difficult to bear. To make sure you get the most out of this time, you must avoid unnecessary stress and establish a clear organization.
Thanks to a few simple tricks to apply, you will see that it is possible to easily organize a family meal in a joyful and good mood.
L’organization: the key to success’a successful family meal
The first important point when you want to organize a big meal in your home with your loved ones is to make sure you have the right ingredients’setting up an impeccable organization. To do this, we recommend that you use a roadmap and a clear schedule of the different steps that break down your reception.
You must list the tasks related to the decoration, the animations, the menu, the table setting, etc. That you will associate with dates of realization. By clearly listing the different steps of your reception and by planning them in time, you will make sure that everything will be well done the day of the meal.
You will also note the different lists of food you need for your menu, depending on where you want to buy them. You will make a list for the market gardener, one for the market, another for the supermarket, for example.
In addition, a clear schedule allows you to assign certain tasks to people you have identified beforehand. A family meal cannot be organized alone, you will need the help of your relatives. To be sure to be able to organize and coordinate everyone’s achievements, a roadmap and a clear schedule are essential.
For make your family meal a success, It is also important to make sure that everyone is present and informed in time. Plan to send out invitations via email, text message and mail 1-2 months before your meal date. This gives everyone time to respond and organize themselves properly to enjoy this moment with their family.
Finally, to avoid ruining yourself, you can create a special budget for your event. This allows you to propose a participation to the different guests, through a kitty. You can offer them to participate when you send the invitation, directly in the email or text message you send them.
Which meal to propose ?
For the menu, everything depends on the season in which you receive your tribe. In summer, choose cold and balanced dishes. Salads and appetizers in the form of a buffet are particularly appreciated.
For the holiday season and Christmas, you will opt for a traditional dish that is fairly easy to prepare, with a stricter table plan.
The objective is above all to be together. Avoid long preparations that force you to stay in the kitchen for a good part of the gathering. You can also opt for easily freezable preparations, such as vegetable tians or sauce preparations.
Whatever the season, you can choose a good bottle of wine to pair with the proposed dishes. Also have non-alcoholic beverages available to satisfy everyone, especially the kids. Generally, wine, sodas and fresh water are enough to delight the whole family.
What table decoration to plan ?
The decorating your table is an important part of making your party a success. Be inventive and creative with your family’s tastes and habits. Avoid decorations too busy, with excessive glitter and elements too imposing. Go for a minimalist style, with fun elements that will bring back family memories to your loved ones.
You can get the kids involved by having them make some of the decorations for your family dinner themselves. In any case, remember that you are not there to impress anyone. The goal is to have a personalized decoration that brings back good memories to all members of your tribe.