Pulling off a seamless cocktail party requires planning skills and an endless supply of creativity, whether you’re the host of 20 or 2,000 guests. For entertaining tips from the experts, Savoir Flair turned to Dubai’s Dish Catering & Events. Since its opening in 2008, Dish has been counted on to cater high-profile functions across the Emirates and has developed a reputation for “food that steals the show”.
Read on to discover six expert tips for hosting your next soirée.
Tip 1: When choosing a menu for your guests, opt for a wide variety.
“Ideally, you should aim for a nice balance between seafood, chicken, red meat, vegetarian, and sweeter flavors. It’s also great to challenge your guests a bit with something interesting. For example, our seared wagyu is served very rare. It takes some convincing, but once guests try it they absolutely love it. We also recently catered a fabulous jungle event and served crocodile and chips – it was daring.”
Tip 2: Always aim for a ‘wow factor’.
“This can be achieved by adding visual elements to your food, such as fresh flowers, edible gold dust, custom tags, and specially designed trays. These details should be a talking point at your event. For example, our smoking roses canapé is a complete sensory experience – starting with the visual impact of hundreds of fresh roses, the scent of rose oil, and the cool smoke and finishing with homemade rose ice-cream with crunchy pistachio. It takes guests on a journey.”
Tip 3: Get a good bartender.
“Whether it’s cocktail or mocktails, invest in a good bartender with a fabulous drinks menu. Incorporate fresh ingredients and create a bar with high visual impact.”
Tip 4: Choose competent wait staff – it’s critical.
“Fresh, smart, confident, and smiling, all our staff members are hospitality trained and undergo Dish training. We pride ourselves on having staff with personality and that contribute to the event.”
Tip 5: Music is essential.
“Whether it’s a playlist, a live band, or a DJ, music is an absolute must.
Tip 6: Stick to the theme.
“If you want the best 70s party or Mexican Fiesta or Beachy Boho, you have to commit 100 percent. We recommend working with a stylist to achieve your vision. Dish will complement every aspect of the event with styled uniforms, food presentation, fabrics, installations, bar décor, and props.”