Host a holiday dinner party

Find out how to throw a beast of a feast

It is the festive season again! Summer equals dinner parties on the veranda, in the backyard, down the beach or in the bush. Hosting a holiday dinner party can be just as fun as attending one. 

If you got signed up as the annual festive dinner party host-with-the-most, chances are you have multiple lists to check off.

You are sorting style, drinks, playlist, menu and guests. Then it is onto organising outdoor spaces. Serving food in season. Checking dietary choices. Festive activities. Keeping the troops busy. Making DIY decorations. And lighting up the night with fairy lights. Phew! 

Outdoor Entertaining 101

From hosting how-to guides to online eMagazines, library members have loaned entertaining items 3,081 times. To help you get round any holiday dinner party headaches, tuck-into these awesome entertaining titles.


Kick back and relax with these entertaining eMagazines:

To get started using free eMagazines download the RBDigital app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.


Stream these how to host docos on Kanopy:

  • Grilling for a Group: find out how to host a grilled dinner party with several scrumptious recipes for one amazing party this summer.
  • A Chef Entertains: break down the menu for a dinner party with manageable tasks. Find out how to remove stress from a multicourse meal for a group.

To set up a Kanopy account to stream more films and documentaries for free. First-time customer - select Add Library Card and enter your member number and password.


Kick off dinner with these festive classics for your party playlist:

  • Last Christmas by Meghan Trainor
  • White Christmas by Bing Crosby
  • Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley
  • Last Christmas by Wham
  • Christmas in Hollis by Run DM

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Looking for more holiday feast ideas?

How to host the ultimate Christmas feast like Matt Moran | 
How to host a dinner party like Tobie Puttock |
12 Secrets to Throwing an Unforgettable Summer Dinner Party | Better Homes & Gardens
Why Most Holiday Party Plans Fail, But THIS Works Every Time | Better Homes & Gardens


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