What are some tips for throwing a successful dinner party in my TCC apartment?

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One of the most exciting things about moving into your new apartment near Tallahassee Community College is the ability to host small events or dinner parties. A good dinner party can be a great way to utilize your living space to create meaningful memories and connections with your friends in the Tallahassee area. If you're a chef, they can also be a good way to demonstrate your cooking skills and share your culinary creations with others. A successful dinner party may seem effortless, though it is important to keep in mind some important things before your guests arrive at your front door. Consider the following tips for creating a memorable dinner party that will be enjoyable for you and your friends. 

Make Space For Your Guests

A good dinner host ensures that there is available seating for everybody in attendance. Without proper consideration of the number of guests and your available seats, people may end up eating on the floor or while standing. Uncomfortable guests will not only create a less-than-ideal eating situation, but will harm the guests' ability to have conversations with each other. With this in mind, be aware of your space. If you only have room for five guests, don't invite your study group of ten for dinner. It's better to have a small event with comfortable guests than a larger party with poor seating. If you don't have enough furniture to facilitate a good event, consider looking into a furnished apartment with a dining room table and chairs. These apartments will also have couches for less formal dinner guests, and will help create a homey environment for all occasions. 

Prep The Food You Can

Nobody wants to show up to a dinner party and wait around while the host cooks before getting any food. This will leave your guests annoyed and irritable. To avoid frustrating delays, consider prepping the food before your guests arrive. If your apartment has a refrigerator (../tallahassee-apartments/refrigerator), you will be able to do a majority of the work cooking before the time of your event. Chopped vegetables will stay fresh for over 24 hours inside of a refrigerator, so any raw ingredients can be prepared for cooking earlier in the day. Some hot foods such as broths and sauces can also taste good reheated, leaving you time to make other things right before dinner. 

Plan To Entertain

A good dinner party doesn't end after the meal is finished. If you want to be a good host, try to plan ahead for after dinner activities. Try to think of things that your guests usually like to do- play board games, watch a movie, or play group video games. Check out this list of the best board games for parties (https://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-party-board-games.html). If you live in an apartment with a patio or a balcony (../tallahassee-apartments/patios-balconies) try to host some of your activities outside for some fresh air. With a successful dinner and fun activities for afterwards, your party will surely be a success. 

With these tips in mind, you have everything you need to host a fun and memorable dinner party. Aside from the list, it's most important to remember to have fun and enjoy the party yourself. Hosting can be tiring and distract you from your guests. Try not to let the work or the pressure ruin your night! Enjoy the people, food, and activities that you prepared alongside your guests, and appreciate the people you're with. Good luck!

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