What you should and shouldn’t do when cooking for friends


There are three key ingredients for a good old’ get together. One – good company, two – good drinks, and most importantly three – good food. Whether ordering in the appetizers and the bubbly at a fancy restaurant, or tucking into casual chips and dip at a bar, or being served your friend’s latest homemade pasta on a Friday night in – food really does bring you all together.

However, if you’re a bit of a novice in the kitchen, serving up some food for your friends can be a bit of a daunting task! Unlike your mom who may tell you everything you do is perfect in her eyes, friends tend not to hold back from giving you honest critiques. It’s never nice if you have slaved over that homemade cheesecake for hours, only for you to be told it, in fact, tastes a lot like feet. So if you’re looking to brush up on your hosting skills for the next cooking occasion, here a few little tips on what you should and shouldn’t be doing:

Do: Pick the right foods!

Your guests will be turning up hungry, and the last thing you want to do is whip up your latest and greatest concoction, only for it to be a disaster and have to send them home hungry. Perhaps make a few suggestions beforehand, and ask if there are any requests for what they fancy. More chances than not, they’ll put their trust in you – in that case, choose the foods everyone usually likes…This means banishing your idea of fancy oysters! P.s. Always ask for any allergy requirements.

What you should and shouldn’t do when cooking for friends

Don’t: Underfeed

If you’re the type of person who tends to eye up the last remaining cheese slathered nacho on the platter, then chances are your guests will be too. To make sure everyone is satisfied, it’s best to ensure there is plenty of food to go around and that no one is licking the plates in search for the last crumb. Always make that little bit extra just in case. If there’s too much, you can send guests home with a doggy bag of leftovers, or even better…Save some for your own post-party feast the next day!

Do: Follow some recipes

There are endless amounts of exciting ideas and recipes waiting for you to give a try. No one is expecting you to be practicing for the opening of your new Michelin-star restaurant. People just want to eat and be merry. In this case, why not give a recipe you’ve been eyeing up a try. If cooking is not your forte, then following the instructions for a tasty looking homemade curry may well be the best way to go. Plus, if it all goes well, you can take the full credit as your own special creation…No one will ever know!

What you should and shouldn’t do when cooking for friends

Don’t: Stop the drinks from flowing!

If all else fails, keep the drink glasses topped up. If disaster does strike, then at least they are less likely to notice! Laugh it off, make a toast, and remember, there is always Deliveroo or Uber Eats for the last resort back up. Like it’s been said, no one is expecting a gourmet buffet fit for a king. Keep it simple, and most importantly, enjoy it.

Follow these simple do’s and don’ts, and we’re sure you’ll be feeling successful, and your guests will be feeling satisfied. No UberEats in sight.