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Hosting my first dinner party!

makeupyourworld | Mar 20, 201907:26 AM     15

Hello chowhound! I'm a newbie here but have been lurking and cooking for awhile. I recently turned 20 and I cook dinner for company 2-3 nights per week. During the school week I keep meals simple but for occassions I go all out.

Well, between my circle of friends and my family's, it turns out a dinner party is being put together (it will be in early April) and I am going to be doing the cooking. I typically cook for smaller crowds and serve family style, so I know a larger group will take some planning.

As for allergies there is nobody in the group with them besides myself (shellfish, nuts) and everyone eats meat/dairy. I really need help planning a menu as well as some sides.

I was thinking when guests arrive around 5-6 to immediately have some tear and share garlic bread (my specialty) out for people to munch on as well as a platter of cheese, charcuterie, fruits, and crackers.

For the main meal I was thinking something like a Prime Rib Roast using the reverse seared method, cooked medium rare. As for sides I am a bit torn as well as salad, and for dessert I am a bit stumped as well. I am a seasoned cook but I find desserts to be more tedious and always resort to things like boxed brownies and stuff. I'm not worried about wine since a guest has offered to bring. I don't drink which people are well aware of, I am fine with cooking with wine.

Below are some photos of my garlic bread, some cheese platters, and steaks I have made in the past. I also want to be able to keep food warm. I have a buffet server which is a lifesaver haha. Thanks so much! Also any other entertaining tips/timelines would be much appreciated. :)

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