Tips for Throwing a Fabulous Dinner Party
When planning a dinner party, choosing what foods to serve and preparing them is just a small part of the process. Depending on the theme of the party, you must choose what cocktail recipes to go with, and the decorations and the music in the background have to go perfectly together. Plan with enough time ahead and make sure that everything is fresh when the guests arrive. Here are some tips to have a truly fabulous dinner party:
Base the dinner party on a theme
Choose a theme for the party before getting started with the preparations. While some dinner parties are planned to celebrate special occasions, others are planned just to have a night of fun with friends and relatives. First pick the general theme, meaning you have to decide whether it will be a sophisticated party or an intimate gathering between friends. Here are themes to base your dinner party on: if your friends enjoy raw food, host a raw dinner party; another great theme is choosing two or three colors that go well together and basing all the arrangements and decorations on them, even the attires of the people invited; if a holiday is approaching, base the party on it. There are many options when it comes to themes for dinner parties; make sure you choose the right one and set everything up accordingly to the chosen theme.
Send invitations to guests on time
No one likes to overdress or to dress poorly for any event or occasion; avoid creating unpleasant situations for the guests by announcing them in time on the general theme. Even if it’s a more intimate gathering, don’t invite people over by phone. For the party to be fabulous, send out actual invitations for the event. When planning a more sophisticated dinner party, the invitations must be in the same tone. Colors that have a glamorous feel when combined should be used, such as black and gold. Throwing a casual dinner party gives you, as the host, the possibility to go with simple, classic invitations. The timing is also an important aspect, as mentioned before. Give the guests enough time to decide on outfits and in the case of women, make-up. They must be sent at least a couple of days before the event, although it is preferable to send them out even earlier. Some of the people you have in mind might not have the necessary attires. Another problem that appears when guests are not informed in time is that they might plan something and they might not be able to show up. Always think of your guests, they are the judges of your dinner party; do your best to get straight A’s from all of them.
Choose the menu
When the decision has been made regarding the theme of the dinner party, it’s time to decide what to put on the table. Have all guests’ tastes in food and drinks in mind when elaborating the menu. The vegetarians and the ones that don’t drink alcoholic drinks have to be served properly. Thankfully, there are many cocktail recipes to please all people. For a fabulous dinner party go with Martinis and Margaritas as alcoholic cocktails. For those guests who don’t drink alcohol, there are cocktail recipes that don’t have alcohol in their mix, such as Virgin Frozen Margaritas and Moscow Mules. Regarding the food, the menu must not let the guests go back home hungry. Serve courses of food that don’t necessarily have to be eaten when they are hot and don’t forget to add sauces and vinaigrettes to the menu for people to combine with their food. Don’t complicate yourself too much though. Prepare meals that are familiar to you, don’t try new things; in case you fail making a new recipe, your whole evening will be ruined. Moreover, avoid staying in the kitchen too much to prepare the food , to not be tired when the party starts.
You’re done with preparations for the evening; it’s time to choose the right music to welcome the guests on and have fun. Dress impeccably and entertain all your guests, making sure no one is left out of conversations. Eat, drink, dance and laugh with your guests, making them enjoy your fabulous dinner party as much as you do. At the end of the night, they will all be thanking you for the good time they had for sure!
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