Entertaining the In-Laws
Make a meal that everyone will love. Try to find out beforehand if there are any foods your in-laws don’t like or are allergic to. You don’t want someone breaking into hives mid-meal! Don’t be overzealous. Make something that you enjoy making and you can make well. Tonight is not the night to attempt a seven-course lobster dinner if you’ve never done it before.
Here are some fairly simple meal ideas that will impress the in-laws and make your partner proud:
Stuffed Mushrooms Caps
Spinach and Feta Pie
Asparagus Roll Ups
Diamondhead Prime Rib Roast
Easy Vegetarian Lasagna
Herbes de Provence-Crusted Lamb Chops
Chicken with Asparagus and Mushrooms
Tuscan Seafood Stew
Cherry Glazed Chocolate Torte
Individual Apple Deep-Dish Pies
Homemade Strawberry Sorbet
Bread Pudding Surprise
For some tips on dinner presentation, go here.
More Tips For A Successful Dinner
Play some background music. Having some subtle music in the background will make for a pleasant atmosphere and it will also make awkward silences slightly less silent! Make sure the music is agreeable for everyone and don’t turn it up too loudly.
Don’t try too hard. While white linens, fine china, and candlesticks may be tempting, go the simple but elegant route. Setting your sights extremely high will leave you expecting a perfect evening, and if anything goes wrong, you’ll be crushed. It may also create a too-formal atmosphere that can make people uncomfortable. Instead, some simple decoration is better. Try using fresh flowers to brighten the room.
Be yourself. While it’s not necessary to reveal everything about yourself, show the in-laws your personality. After all, they’re family now- they’ll get to know the real you sooner or later. Don’t be afraid to joke, laugh, and let loose a little bit. Letting your nerves get to you will only result in an anxiety-filled evening for everyone.