If you are worried about hosting guests at a dinner party at home on Saturday, you should not. Although dinner parties had become quite rare thanks to the pandemic which kept us homebound for a year and more, people are starting to socialize once again. As things slowly crawl back into normalcy, you can consider calling a few friends over for dinner to bring back the good times. People are still hesitant to party outdoors or go dancing in pubs; but a dinner party sounds like a lot of fun. So, what can you do to make sure yours is worth remembering? Here are tips from experts on how to host the perfect dinner party:
- Focus on making the dinnerware look as appetizing as the food you serve: Just like frames accentuate the art in it, your dinnerware should make the meal look more appealing. For instance, you can try matching a meal cooked using organic ingredients with a classic vintage tableware collection. Even the sparkling glassware and cutlery says a lot about the meal served; it adds warmth and elegance.
- Choose linen to serve: If the weather is warm outside it may be a good idea to opt for linen when you host an outdoor or indoor dinner. Napkins and tablecloth made of linen are immaculate and they offer the ideal natural backdrop for any kind of cuisine.
- Focus on the lights: Without great lighting, you can never have a great gathering. For example, you can have an empty table without décor and order pizza, but if the lighting is perfect, you can still ensure your guests rave about the party. On the other hand, you may have put in a lot of hard work on the food and décor but neglected the lighting completely. You can be certain this will completely spoil the party mood. Using candlelight and string lights can be a good way to bring in the festive mood, particularly if you host the party in your backyard.
- Look at floral arrangements in a different light: The truth is a dinner laid on the table is incomplete without the perfect floral arrangement. If you stay in a warm state like Florida, you will have many options of tropical plants. For instance, you could choose monstera leaves for the base and snapdragons for layering. You can choose to pick out something from your home garden to give it an aesthetic appeal, whether it is the hydrangeas or tulips. Ideally, you must have a green base, centerpiece, and small vases of different sizes and shapes.
- Include games: A dinner party is always more fun when there are games to play. According to experts, dinner parties are livelier and memorable when guests can try their hands at games, especially if there are kids involved.
- Focus on custom desserts: It may be a good idea to plan to serve individual portions when it comes to desserts and snacks. Sharing appetizers or desserts may not be appealing for people still reeling from the fear of the coronavirus. Rather than have one big dessert, focus on making individual plates, like serving caramel custard.
Starting off planning dinner parties after a long hiatus may seem intimidating at first but when you see what a good time your guests are having, it is a great feeling. Not everyone will be open for hugs and handshakes, but people are now desperate to get back to their normal lives and this may be the perfect beginning of a fresh start.