Do you have any New Year’s resolutions that center around hosting or enjoying more meals with friends. It seems every year this type of resolution is somewhere on our list and the common reason why we don’t is NOT that we are too busy to eat dinner – we eat dinner every night. ;)

It usually is because organizing the stuff needed and feeling prepared is not something I’m ready for.

To make it happen this year, I’ve instituted a dinner party drawer!

What’s a dinner party drawer? It’s a drawer in the kitchen that I cleared out (previously a junk drawer) and filled it instead with everything needed to host as quick weeknight dinner party. If we are ready before the week begins, than it will be easy to open the drawer, set the table, and welcome friends into our house.

If you think about it, we align drawers in our kitchen to some of the silliest things – we have our popcorn drawer, a plastic bag drawer. Isn’t entertaining more important than storing plastic baggies? I think so my friends! Let’s take back a drawer, turn it into a party and make hosting happen this year.

Kitchen Dinner Party Drawer

The drawer has stashed in it:

  • Clear plates because they go with anything
  • Pretty flutes for drinks
  • A serving tray (Just Add Food!)
  • Napkins
  • Enough forks to feed a group
  • A fun MASH party game that everyone will love
  • Straws
  • Candles
  • A Polaroid camera for in-the-moment photos
  • And confetti just for fun

It is literally a dinner party in a box, but instead of a box – it’s my kitchen drawer.

Which is perfect because it keeps all the supplies right where I need to see them to be ready for inviting friends over. Whether we are planning a super easy take out night, or a more intense simmering stew – we just pull everything out of the drawer (the kids can even help), add food to the plates, pour drinks and we are ready to host.

A dinner party done in festive style, is the kind of daily revelry we are after this year.

PS. Dinner party manners for kids.