We all know that good company and good food are two ingredients that can always be used to whip up a good time. That’s why we love the idea of a supper club. With a supper club you always have something fun to look forward to!
While the idea of a supper club may sound fabulous, organizing one can be another story. But with the proper planning, you can start a supper club that turns into a tradition you and your friends can enjoy for years to come. Not to mention, it’s a wonderful way to make sure that everyone is carving out time from their busy schedules to clink glasses and share delicious food, great conversation and lots of laughs.
To help you set up your own supper club, here are our favorite tips and tricks compiled from entertaining experts around the web.
Select the Perfect Sized Supper Club
Merritt Watts of Everyday Food recommends selecting a group of six to 10 people for supper clubs. This way, your supper club will be large enough to ensure conversation is always lively, while small enough to fit around one dinner table. It’s also a great size because you will still have a party even if a few people are unable to attend.
Keep the Conversation Going
It’s much easier to keep a supper club going when you set up a line of ongoing communication. Look for an e-mail service, third party website or another tool for creating an online calendar that everyone has access to and which anyone can edit. This can also be the place where members can plan menus and post notices about themes or items-to-bring. As a post on The Daily Meal reminds us, communication is key to a successful supper club.
Always Make it Engaging
Letting everyone be a part of the menu selection by voting or having each member contribute a dish can always be a great way to keep everyone involved, but try to find ways to get everyone excited about each supper club gathering, whether it’s with a fun theme or a fascinating cooking lesson. Themes by culture or region like French and Italian can be nice, but don’t be afraid to get creative. One supper club enthusiast from San Diego, Andrea Myers, told Cooking Light that her club has had fun with themes like “finger foods – where every course can be eaten with your hands – and things your mother used to make.” You’ll notice there’s never a lull in conversation when a supper club gathering is designed around a cooking lesson such as learning more about pairing wine and food.
Do you have a supper club or have you organized one before? Share your supper club stories in a comment below!
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