Are you thinking about planning a dinner party where you’ll gather all your friends for some fine wine and tasty food? If so, you need to know that being a host isn’t an easy task. Aside from making sure everyone has a place to sit and eat properly, you should also provide everyone with exceptional food and beverages while creating the most pleasant ambience. To do exactly that and in the best possible way, check out the little guide we’ve put together for you.
Put together a guest list
When thinking about the people you want to invite to your party, it’s crucial that you think about an interesting mixture of characters. Namely, it’s recommended that you invite people who’ve never met before and who are completely diverse when it comes to their interaction with people, line of work and interests in order to create a thrilling crowd.
Everybody is supposed to feel welcome and able to mingle with others without feeling uncomfortable. Also, don’t invite too many people unless your home is big enough to accommodate everyone. The last thing you want is people waiting in line to grab a bite.
You’ll need exquisite food and beverages
The menu is the next big item on your party-planning list. If you’re kitchen-savvy, then feel free to prepare some of your famous innovative recipes. People like tasting unexpected food and something they’ve never eaten anywhere else, so if you like and are good at preparing food – cook away. Otherwise, look for renowned catering companies who can provide you with exceptional appetizers, main courses and delicious desserts.
Don’t forget to ask if maybe somebody is vegetarian or allergic to certain foods so that you can notify the caterers about any food restrictions. Drinks are also a huge factor, so offer your guests an array of liquor. To impress everyone, order premium-class champagne and toast to your friendships and the good time you’re having. Think about hiring a mixologist who can stir, whip and shake all the refreshing cocktails you want for an additional wow effect.
The décor needs to be breathtaking
The first impression is essential and you cannot make it twice, so be sure to do it right and decorate your home in the spirit of a dinner party. Put all your creativity into that night and instead of calling in a florist, create the centrepieces yourself. Don’t think you should place them strictly to the centre of the table but feel free to spread your arrangements out and allow a cluster of guests to admire your handiwork. Fillers go a long way, so think about using votive candles, dried fruits, or whatever smaller items you have on hand that you can incorporate with the theme to make your interior well-decorated.
To provide an inviting ambience, make sure lounge areas get enough attention too. Use dimmer lights to set the mood, and feel free to think about a particular colour scheme that will create a cohesive look to your décor. Moreover, having a theme is another great way to create a backdrop against which you can choreograph your get-together, allowing you to create the mood and energy you want. A theme doesn’t have to include a costume party, but you can link it to a current season and even a colour scheme.
Keep everyone entertained with good music
What is a party without good music, right? You should have upbeat music play while people are gathering to put everyone in a party mood. While you dine, have classical or instrumental music playing in the background to set a relaxing mood for having a meal.
After you’re done with dinner, you can alternate to a lively rhythm if your guests feel like hitting the dancefloor, but you can also stick to slow rhythms and allow couples to maybe have a romantic moment. If you’re not the best in creating a dinner-party playlist, you can find pre-made playlists online and become the best DJ in the neighbourhood.
Throwing a dinner party will require a lot of effort and planning, but if you start on time, you’ll do just fine. Be sure to keep the previously mentioned tips in mind if you want to offer everyone a good time and make your guests want to come to every party you host in the future.