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Travelling Dinner Party

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Published March 28th 2011

Have you been itching to host a dinner party but just can't be bothered cooking all those courses? Then split the work up amongst friends or neighbours with a travelling dinner party. At a travelling dinner party, guests change venue for each course. This type of party makes life easier on the chefs and ensures that no one gets bored.

Start by organising your chefs and your courses; the amount of courses will, of course, depend on the number of chefs. At the very least, you should have entrees, mains and desserts. You could also include appetisers and a fish or cheese course.

Factor in the travelling time when organising courses. If you are driving across town, you might not want to include any extras. On the other hand, you might want to limit your guests to geographic proximity for greater culinary variety.

Include the addresses and maps of all the venues in your invitations. You might like to impose a time limit at each house to ensure the night does not drag out; if so, write up an itinerary and place that with the invitations. If your friends are internet savvy, an e-vite or something similar is the easiest way to send out mass invitations that include all the necessary information.

Be green and organise your transportation beforehand so that you don't have ten people travelling in eight cars. Those who live closest to each other can carpool or you could hire a mini-van or even a limousine to take people from house to house. If the houses are within walking distance, make the trek together (just warn the ladies to wear flats).

A progressive dinner party shares the work between several hosts and is an excellent idea for novice cooks to ease into hosting a dinner party.
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Why? Because it's twice the fun and half the work of a dinner party
When: Any time
Where: Anywhere
Cost: Depends on what you're serving
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