Hosting a dinner party is the perfect way to connect with friends, have a good time, and just relax. The key to throwing a successful dinner party lies within the preparation work. Setting everything in place prior to the party will make the night more enjoyable and stress-free. Here are some tips for planning the perfect dinner party:
Creating the Perfect Invitation
The invitation to your event is the first thing that guests will see. Invites will set the tone for the entire party. Invites sent on social media platforms will give a laid back, modern vibe, while hand-delivered invites will give the allusion of formality.
Typically, invitations will provide a brief overview of essential party information. The theme will be displayed as an element of the invitation itself, along with time, place, dress code, and RSVP requirements.
Conveying the Dress Code for Your Party
One of the first concerns many guests will have about your party is what to wear. While this should be included in your invitation, the location of the party will also set a tentative standard.
As the host, you will always want to amplify the dress code a bit compared to others. For example, it would be acceptable to buy a plus size little black dress for your holiday dinner party. Make yourself known, as the host of the party, by wearing a unique outfit.
Designing the Venue and Planning Decorations
One of the most fun aspects of planning a dinner party is involvement with venue design, set up, and decor. Whether you do all of this yourself or pay an outside entity, planning the theme and brainstorming ideas will help elevate your dinner party.
The formality of your dinner party will govern the level of decor that is appropriate. While place settings may be good for a formal event, a buffet-style dinner would be more fitting for a more casual setting. Suitable dinner party decorations can be purchased or rented, and oftentimes the rental company will set up and tear down at no additional charge.
Focusing on Food
If there is one thing all of your guests can bond and converse over, it is food. Whether you are planning a three-course meal or appetizers and hors d’oeuvres, creating a plan ahead of time can help simplify the event.
Food can either be made by the host (and a slew of volunteers, friends, or family) or catered in by a professional. If a professional is selected, a date must be chosen well in advance and a deposit paid. The caterer will want to know the layout of the venue, the expected presentation, and the available time frame for cooking/serving.
Preparing for a Fun Experience
Planning a dinner party can be fun and exciting. Getting all of your friends, family, and coworkers together for a night of good food, good conversation, and good wine is ultimately relaxing. However, creating a plan for the essentials of your party ahead of time has its advantages. Allow yourself to mingle with guests, partake in the delicious food, and dance to the music of your own dinner party with these aforementioned tips.