So you’re hosting a dinner party and not sure where to start. What are your dinner party ideas and who will you be hosting it for? No matter what the occasion, here are five tips to ensure your party is a success.
Absolutely, the table is the primary focus of your dinner party. This is where the hosted event takes place and where your guests will be seated for the duration of the party. You’ll want a tablecloth to dress the table with; I suggest lace or linen tablecloths for a more formal setting. Vinyl tablecloths are nice and wipe up easily; however linen tablecloths provide a more elegant decorative allure to your event.
When hosting a dinner, linen napkins and decorative napkin rings are essential. Set the table with candle light. Taper candles are traditionally used for formal events; however floating candle centerpieces or votive pairs set the table nicely without that unwanted wax drip.
Set your table with ceramic or stoneware pieces. Square plates add an attitude of prestige and sophistication. The stemware should be glass or crystal and sparkling in the candle light. You’ll want to make sure that you serve your dishes in matching serving bowls and casserole dishes, to create a uniformed flow to your table. If you are serving dips, make sure to include spoons to avoid those double dippers! Make sure your silverware is polished and don’t forget the salad fork.
Naturally you cannot host a dinner party without the food! Make sure to be aware of any allergies your guests may have, especially severe ones such as peanuts. If you don’t know it’s best to play it safe and avoid peanuts and peanut oil altogether. You’ll want to start with a nice green salad. Romaine and spinach salads are your better option. Add dried cranberries, strawberries, feta cheese glazed walnuts or sliced almonds to your salad for color and unbelievable guest responses.
Provide a few dressing options for your party, but keep the dressing on the side. Make sure your main dish is presented in a decorative fashion and is filling but not too heavy. You’ll want to be cautious of cooking spicy dishes, unless you know your guests like it hot.
When setting the table, consider glass stemware for water glasses. Lemon and Lime full circular slices add color and flavor to the water. A pitcher of water on the table is always welcomed. Wine makes an excellent addition to any meal and party. Pair Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon with steak or other red meat or pasta dishes. For seafood and white sauce dishes, consider Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio.
If you have a bar in your home, serve mixed cocktails before the dinner with fun finger food appetizers. Be aware of guests who do not drink alcohol and provide a sparkling cider alternative.
There’s always room for dessert. Of course, timing is everything. Wait at least a half an hour after the dinner has been consumed before presenting your dessert dish. Cakes make excellent desserts for dinner parties. A thinly sliced cheesecake or tiramisu, prove to be both classy and loved. Offer coffee and coffee after dinner drinks with dessert.
When you have these bases covered you are certain to throw a fun, successful and memorable dinner party. Be prepared to host again!