How to Plan a Progressive Dinner

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A progressive dinner is the perfect way to celebrate any special occasion with your friends or family. But planning a progressive dinner can be tricky. There are a lot of things to consider, from the menu to the logistics. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide with tips for planning the perfect progressive dinner. So read on, and get ready to party!

Invite your friends and family early.

A progressive dinner involves multiple hosts and guests, so it’s essential to get everyone organized as soon as possible. Make sure you have enough hosts for each course and confirm the number of guests with each host in advance.

Choose a theme or cuisine to keep the menu cohesive.

This can be as simple as “Italian,” “BBQ,” or something more specific like “Southern Comfort Food” or “Asian Fusion.” This will make planning the menu much easier and ensure that all of the courses go well together.

Plan out your timing and logistics.

Consider how long it will take to eat each course, the travel time between houses, and any potential delays, such as waiting for food to cook. Map out a rough schedule for the evening and share it with all of the hosts and guests.

Consider transportation.

Will guests need to drive from house to house, or can they walk? Will transportation be provided for any guests who may have had too much to drink? Plan accordingly.

Let the hosts get creative.

Once you’ve chosen a theme, then assign the courses – from appetizers to dessert – to each of the hosts. After that, you can let them get creative! Half the fun of a progressive dinner is the surprise dishes waiting for you at each stop. 

Don’t forget about beverages!

Make sure each host has enough drinks for their course, including non-alcoholic options for those who don’t drink or are driving. Consider coordinating alcoholic options, such as beer and wine pairings, for each course.

Delegate tasks to your hosts.

Each host should be responsible for a particular course, but they may also need help with things like table setting or decor. Make sure everyone knows their responsibilities and has enough time to prepare before the dinner starts.

Plan interactive activities or games.

In between courses, plan something fun for your guests to do while they wait. This could be a trivia game related to your chosen theme, a group photo scavenger hunt, or even just some good old-fashioned conversation starters.

Don’t forget about any dietary restrictions.

Make sure you ask each guest about their dietary needs and preferences and communicate them to all of the hosts. Plan at least one dish that accommodates any restrictions, such as vegetarian or gluten-free options.

Prepare for unexpected hiccups.

No matter how well you plan, there may be some hiccups along the way. Make sure you have a backup plan in case a dish doesn’t turn out, or someone is running late. And above all, remember to stay flexible and go with the flow – it’s all part of the fun!

Have a great time!

Above all, make sure you and your guests are enjoying yourselves. So sit back, relax, and savor every course of the night.

A progressive dinner is a great way to entertain and try new foods with friends. With a bit of planning on the front end, everyone can enjoy a fantastic night out. And by following these tips, you will be sure to throw a successful progressive dinner party that your guests will love! What are your favorite things about progressive dinners?

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