Host sushi night for your close family or friends and bring the charm of your favorite sushi restaurant right into your home! Learn how to make your own sushi, order in, serve hot sake, or sip green tea -- there are so many possibilities for your very own sushi night at home.
Whether you're throwing a sushi tasting dinner or a sushi-making party, you can't go wrong with hosting your very own sushi night at home. Easy to throw together by ordering in or a fun learning experience with family and friends, this kid-friendly dinner party will become an annual event in no time!
All you need to host sushi night is the atmosphere, food, and fun -- and there are so many possibilities in the mix. Create a casual dining experience in your living room by arranging the beautiful sushi rolls on a coffee table. Then sit around with your guests and learn about Chinese culture, the history of sushi, or just catch up on life in general! Good food and good company are all you need for sushi night to be an absolute success.
Food: Obviously, you can't have a dinner party -- regardless of the theme -- without tons of delicious food! For sushi night, you should focus on serving different types of sushi, like nigiri, sashimi, and maki. If you're making your own homemade sushi rolls, I'd recommend trying a type of maki roll, which is when the filling is wrapped in rice and seaweed. Regardless, it wouldn't be sushi night without an array of colorful options!
Drinks: Sushi pairs well with so many different drinks. Green tea or matcha would definitely add a flair of authenticity to your sushi dinner party, plus hot sake and beer for the adults.
Fun: I'm always a fan of having an activity or two planned for my dinner parties. Whether that means conversation starters, fun facts about sushi history, or learning how to make sushi rice or sushi rolls from scratch, it's always a good idea to have a crowd-pleasing game in your back pocket.
First things first, you need to decide what kind of sushi night you want to have! Are you hosting a sushi tasting dinner or planning a sushi-making party?
Set the scene.
Think about your favorite sushi restaurant and try to recreate the overall vibe! Dim the lights, play soothing background music and make the environment comfortable. Consider presenting your sushi rolls on a coffee table and turning the space into a small, intimate gathering space.
Focus on the food.
We've already covered diversifying the sushi rolls served, but there are so many other side options! Grab or prepare fun pre-made snacks and sides, like some of these favorites:
Don't forget the drinks.
I'm always a fan of hot sake! Serve alongside your favorite beer and have green tea on hand to cleanse the pallet.
Make it kid-friendly.
Make sure the kiddos are included in the sushi fun! Order or prepare special kid-friendly maki rolls made of avocado, cucumber, or sweet potato. You can even make a few kid-friendly chopsticks with a little rolled paper and a rubber band -- and hey, maybe a few adults will need some too.
Recycle your chopsticks.
Keep things green either by using reusable chopsticks or finding a creative way to recycle wooden ones! You can reuse wooden chopsticks as stirrers or even for homemade popsicles. Some cities even have recycling programs that specifically search for chopsticks! See if there's one near you.
Prepare for leftovers.
I don't know about you, but every time I throw a dinner party, no matter how well I plan and portion, I always end up with tons of extra food. Save yourself some time (and cleanup) and plan ahead! Buy a few Chinese-style take-out boxes and let your guests create their own take-out meals to enjoy later.