Hosting a stress free dinner party

stress free dinner party

Now I don’t know about you, but I love getting people together for good food, good drinks and good conversation.But I have to admit, I’m not the greatest cook. I love to bake and will happily spend hours in the kitchen whipping a batch of cupcakes or make a cheesecake. But cook a three course dinner? No thank you. I’m just not confident enough in my cooking abilities to make anything that would taste just as good, or even better, than a restaurant. Which is why I intrigued when an invitation popped up in my inbox offering me the use of a private chef for a dinner party. I mean how could I refuse?

stress free dinner party

Well I couldn’t. The whole idea is that the chef comes to your home, to cook a menu you’ve picked. They bring the food and the expertise. All you need to provide is the home, equipment and guests. What could go wrong? Well not a lot really. The whole experience was relaxing and a great way to try food that I would never have attempted to cook. The whole menu was Indonesian inspired and it was delicious. To start we enjoyed two canapes, the first was tuna with mango and chili’s on a lettuce leaf. While the other was a quails egg onto of a piece of tofu soaked in Soya Sauce. Both of these were different but such a lovely way to start the evening.

stress free dinner party

For starters we enjoyed Chicken Satay. Now I love chicken satay so was really excited to try this. And I have to say I was not disappointed. The chicken was cooked to perfection and the peanut sauce was just delicious. It was easily the best chicken satay I’ve ever eaten.

stress free dinner party

The main was a dish I’ve never eaten before. We enjoyed Beef Rendang with Turmeric Rice and crackers. Although I wouldn’t normally choose a beef dish. I was so pleased to try this. It was one of the best beef curries I’ve ever eaten. Although the curry is dry, it’s incredibly tasty and packed full of spice and flavours.

stress free dinner party

And then for dessert we had Pandan panna cotta with a mango coulis and roasted almond flakes. Again, this was not something I would have picked. But it was a lovely and light dessert to end the meal on.

stress free dinner party

To host your own dinner party or hire a private chef in Hertfordshire, just visit the La Belle Assiette website and pick your chef and menu. It really is that sample. Prices start at £39 per guest and go up to £89 per guest.

A private chef was offered in exchange for an honest review


  1. June 22, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    Wow! So you can really host a proper dinner party this way? That’s actually really awesome! Whilst I am a trained chef, it’s very difficult to make a really good meal and host the party at the same time.

  2. June 22, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    That is an awesome way to host a dinner party. And the best part is the cooking is done for you. All the food you for yours looks delicious. I bet it tasted just as great as it looks.

  3. June 22, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    This looks like an amazing dinner party menu and plan – stress free so allows some time to mingle and socialise 🙂 x

  4. June 22, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Wow it would be nice to actually be able to mingle with my guests when they come rather than be slaving away in the kitchen. On the other hand I do love to cook.

  5. June 22, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    Wow I’ve never heard about this before! It sounds like a good idea because that means you can relax and just have a chat with your guests without having to stress over cooking dinner!

  6. June 23, 2017 / 11:36 am

    Now this I love the idea of and I just wish I had more space to be able to entertain x

  7. June 23, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    I love this idea and that food looks absolutely delicious!

  8. June 23, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    I’ve heard of this kind of service before, I think it’s a great idea for anyone who doesn’t want to have to be on food duty all night! The pandan panna cotta looks fantastic!

  9. June 23, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Whata great idea to enjoy fine dining cooked by someone else. Wonder dishes and presentation too.

  10. June 24, 2017 / 8:44 am

    Wow this must’ve been amazing! I would love to host something like this, the food looks incredible!

  11. June 24, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    Sounds like a great place for a dinner party, the food looks lovely

  12. June 24, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    I LOVE this idea, imagine it for your birthday or a special celebration? So impressed with this, great post!

  13. Dannii
    June 25, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    I find that the more I drink, the less stressed I get haha. Dinner parties should be fun, not stressful.

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