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As people become more aware of different cultures and beliefs, hosting a dinner party that will cater to everyone has become a challenge. You should respect your guests’ culture but at the same time, you shouldn’t let their differences stop you from fostering a fun atmosphere.

 

To create a truly inclusive dinner party, follow these simple steps:

 

PLANNING

Know the people.

The guest list is everything. You should know your guests well—from what ambiance and vibe they enjoy to their dietary needs. Don’t be afraid to ask them about their preferences so you can make the necessary adjustments.

 

Plan your menu.

Have at least one vegan dish, one seafood dish, and one meat dish. When serving alcohol, make sure you also serve nonalcoholic beverages, such as coffee, juice, or mocktails. Ask your guests if they have specific dietary restrictions and try to customize your menu accordingly.

 

PREPARING

Go with neutrals.

Your guests may have different beliefs from you, so it’s best to stick to generic décor (flowers, fairy lights, etc.).

 

Create a special playlist.

Random songs on shuffle will kill the mood of any party. You can ask a music enthusiast friend to curate a balanced playlist. Ambient music saves you from dead air and songs even evoke memories and emotions and get conversations rolling.

 

Multitask in advance.

Execute your scheduled tasks as close to your timeline as possible. During events, restaurant staff set the dining area the night before, so try to decorate and set the table before going to bed. That way, on the day of the party, you’ll just need to focus on the finishing touches before your guests arrive.

 

PARTYING

Go with the flow.

Trying to manage everything ends once the partying begins. Don’t micromanage your guests and allow them to enjoy the evening. Don’t coerce them to try things and never force conversations. Just mingle—a few introductions here and interactions there. See where the night takes you!

 

Enjoy yourself.

Parties are for everyone, party planner and party-goer alike. While party planning may have taken a toll, it’s over now. The only thing left to do is have some fun!

 

Taking time to learn about your guests’ culture and preferences will show them how much you care about them. If you mix these tips with your own flair for party planning, your friends and family might soon eagerly anticipate your celebrations. In the end, everyone should feel included and enjoy the moments they’re creating with other people, regardless of their beliefs.