I love entertaining.
For the last ten years, I have been in and out of pokey little apartments, where you could barely fit a full-sized couch, let alone host a dinner party.
And yet, earlier this year my partner and I moved into a larger, human-sized apartment. And adult entertaining was finally, finally a possibility.
In the handful of times I’ve thrown dinner parties this year, I’ve learnt one very important lesson: millennials f*cking suck at entertaining.
From ensuring there is sufficient wine, to asking about food allergies, to checking the cutlery is clean before your guests arrive (sorry, friends), dinner parties take a considerable amount of planning and organisation. Two things our generation are not particularly good at.
So, with another dinner party booked in for later this week, I thought I would share my top tips to hosting guests at your house.
THE MILLENNIAL'S GUIDE TO DINNER PARTIES
Step One: Check your pans.
Yes, I am being serious. I know that you have that fancy chicken pie recipe ready to rumble, but do you have a pie dish? No? Of course you don't have a pie dish. Go and buy a pie dish.
And whilst you're at it, check that you have all the other equipment required: baking trays? Pastry brush? Cake tins? A chopping board that doesn't look like a petrie dish of salmonella?
Step Two: Plan your day.
If you have been reckless enough to plan a mid-week dinner party, then you've really screwed up. You're going to need everything ready to go, like, three days before the dinner.