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Five Tips for the Perfect Dinner Party

Whether it’s your first or fiftieth dinner party, you can always learn something new. Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Meals is here to help with five tips for throwing a festive dinner party to please your crowd.

1. Make it themed

A good theme can make or break your dinner party, and a theme doesn’t have to be extreme to be fun. Here are a few theme ideas to use at your next dinner party:

  • Hollywood Red Carpet
  • Classic Cocktail Party
  • Mad Men Soiree
  • Murder Mystery Bash

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2. Send invites with all the details

This is a great opportunity to set the theme from the start. If your theme is formal, like a black tie event, mail out invitations well in advance. But if your theme is casual, like a dessert party, an email will do just fine. Include the date and time, along with an RSVP deadline, your address and suggestions for attire. This will help spread the word and will give you a headcount to prepare your food and drink. Keep in mind that some people will always forget to RSVP! It’s better to have too much than not enough.

3. Prepare for the worst

Some things can and probably will go wrong, especially if this is one of the first times you’ve thrown a dinner party. The decorations you ordered online may get lost in the mail, you may have a vegetarian guest and only have meat dishes or you might run out of ice within the first half hour. Many of these problems can be solved by planning your party well in advance. If you’re prepared with plenty of plan Bs (like a few extra Michael Angelo’s meals in the freezer), you won’t have a problem.

4. Have some icebreakers

Dinner parties should be more than just delicious food – they should be fun as well! By having icebreakers or some sort of game, it will take the pressure off your guests if they aren’t already good friends. Unless your goal is to keep your dinner party exclusive, it’s always more fun with more people. You can check out some fun icebreakers here or you can try to get your creative juices flowing for some original ideas.

5. Have fun!

Within all of the madness that comes with party planning, it’s easy to forget to enjoy yourself. If the host isn’t having a good time at a dinner party, the guests will know. Take the time to enjoy yourself. Do your dishes the night before so your dishwasher is empty, allowing you to throw in dirty dishes at the end of the night for almost no clean up the next day. When your guests are having a great time, you can think about how you made it all happen with a smile on your face.

We hope these tips will help you when you’re planning your next dinner party. Michael Angelo’s Family Size Meals are perfect for dinner parties – your guests won’t believe it’s not homemade! By using meals from Michael Angelo’s, you can focus on your specialty antipasti or your perfect theme-fitting costume. Party on with Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Meals!



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8 Things You Can Do Until Your Michael Angelo’s Meal is Ready

An obvious benefit to serving a Michael Angelo’s meal for dinner is the time saved in preparation; just pop a meal in the oven, kick up your feet and wait for the savory smell of comforting Italian food to waft through your kitchen.

While you could spend this time catching up on your Instagram feed or organizing the junk drawer, we’ve come up with eight things you can accomplish, all while waiting for your favorite Michael Angelo’s meal to be ready.

1. Set the table: You don’t need magazine editor dollars to set your table in style. Pleasantly delight your family by creating a simple yet gorgeous centerpiece with your favorite flowers or succulents, add color with bowls of seasonal fruit, use natural materials for a laidback yet fashionable atmosphere and add playful accessories for a vibrant night of fun!

The Hostess with the Mostess

Check out our The Hostess with the Mostess Pinterest board for more inspiration.

2. Ready the drinks: Chill your favorite bottle of wine or make a Sicilian cocktail for the adults with 1 ounce Amaretto, 1 ounce mango rum and 4 ounces of blood orange juice. Just mix all of the ingredients in a glass and fill with ice. Add some sparkling Pellegrino to the table for some non-alcoholic bubbles.

3. Add some green: Mom always told us to eat more veggies. Grill up some of your favorite vegetables to add a simple, delicious and healthy side dish to perfectly compliment your meal. Brush on some virgin olive oil, sprinkle on some salt and you’re all set! If you want to add a bit more touch of Italy, try out Sara’s pesto recipe.

4. Prep the salad: Dress up your side salad with this home-made dressing: In a blender add ½ cup olive oil, ¼ cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup grated Parmesan, ¼ cup minced parsley, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, ¼ tablespoon red pepper flakes, 1 clove garlic and the juice of 1 lemon. Blend it all together and toss with your favorite salad greens and veggies right before serving.

5. Bring on the dessert: Our favorite Tiramisu recipe is easier than you’d think. Just follow Sara’s how-to on making a light yet mouthwatering serving of Italy’s most popular dessert.

Sara’s Simple and Delicious Tiramisu

Sara’s Simple and Delicious Tiramisu

6. Tidy up: Before the oven dings and your family begins to follow the scent of the delicious meal to the table, start cleaning up the beautiful mess you created. Load the dishwasher and wipe down the countertops so you’ll have a few more minutes for post-dinner family time.

7. Tune it up: Make any mundane day special simply by setting the mood for the night with the perfect playlist. Sort through your family’s favorite artists and compile a few tunes for a night of bonding and laughter.

8. Relax your mind: Take a moment to breathe and relax. You’ve already accomplished seven tasks to create an amazing dinner for your family. Now… it’s ‘me-time!’

Need some more tips? Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Pinterest page for ideas, recipes and a little bit of fun.

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