Planning a dinner party can be a scary task to face. There are an infinite amount of choices one can make. From what to serve, how to serve, what drinks to provide, and what foods or ingredients are off limits due to allergies. The list can honestly go on and on till you find yourself with a five hundred item check list for a dinner party of 10. Since I now the nervous anticipation that can accompany your dinner party. I thought I would share with you a quick dinner party planning guide that I have refined over the years.
Atmosphere is key in most situations!
It's what sets the tone/mood for the entire night. I'm currently planning on hosting a relaxing dinner with friends. There is nothing I love more than sipping wine after a wonderful meal talking with friends that bring me such joy. My dinner party in this instance is going to be more casual and chill. therefore this guide will not be very detail oriented. For instance like napkin color or fork placement. I have planned many dinner parties in various levels of intensity. If you have never planned a dinner party or hosted one before. I do suggest while very brave in pursuit going all in and hosting a five course dinner equipped with a dessert table and entertainment. I do honestly recommending dipping your toes in to start with and opting to host something more casual and chill as your introductory dinner into dinner party hosting.
One of the basics in dinner party hosting and most important is Atmosphere. Think about the feeling that you want people to catch when they walk through the doors. Do you want them to feel excited, happy, calm, hungry, etc.. For this dinner I would like my friends to feel clam and relaxed. I want them to instantly feel comfortable and welcomed. In order to achieve this vibe, I have decided that I would like to have a lower lighting setting so that I can place candle all around the upstairs portion of my home. I am going to make sure that all of my candles are unscented. So that the smell of delicious food is the thing that immediately hits my friends nostrils. I also want my friends to feel cozy and warm so I am doing to make sure that I turn the heater on a comfortable setting for everyone to feel warm, but not hot and irritable.
Don't Forget The Music!
Music is technically a subcategory of Atmosphere, but is important that it must be mentioned on it's own. For my dinner I want to achieve a mellow clam vibe. I'm thinking that I will play soft jazz or one of my favorite stations Andrea Bocelli Radio.
Your choice in music and your choice in volume. Are two things that while can be said simply are in actuality so important that if you think too much about it you drive yourself crazy. So if your are feeling a little over whelmed, don't over think it just go with your gut. If all else fails and come the dinner the music just isn't working. Ask one of your guests to pick. Opening up this line will also help to start conversation between your guests about musical taste and preference. While music helps set the tone Conversation in dinner parties is the thing that is going to bring meaning and fulfilment to your party.
The table set up depends on how you want to serve the food. If you would like to have a more buffet style then all you need on the dinner table are the essentials, unless you opt to have them placed next to the food for your guests to grab as they begin to eat. If this route is chosen then your table may only house some beautiful décor. If you would like to produce more of a family style dinner. Then you would need to think about food dish placement. As well as the placement of the essentials like plates, forks, and cups. If this is the path you choice then you may want to opt out on the décor or limit it. So that the focus can be on the food and so that it is easy for guest to fill their plates.
I am going to go the family style route. I have chosen this for a few reasons. I would like to invoke that family get together feeling. As a cheat code I am going to start off with it being in that set up. I also wish for my friends to conversate with one another without much distraction. Therefore I am going to eliminate to possibility for one to not be able to see another's face because décor is in the way. I also do not want for them to be continually getting up and breaking a conversation in order to get more food. By putting the food on the table with my guests and by not having table décor I am hoping to achieve said desires.
Having a theme usually helps when planning the dinner menu.
You can also pick food that are your gests or your favorites.
I am going for a more simple and familiar dishes.
I will be serving soup, salad, past, bread, and cake.
For beverages I will have the options of wine, water, and soda.
Here's a quick checklist for you guys!
- Décor … Candles
-Food Serve Style
-Appetizers .. Soup/Salad
-Entrée .. Pasta with Bread
-Dessert .. Cake
-Drink .. Alcohol/Non Alcoholic
Remember to enjoy your company the more you have planned ahead.
The more time you give yourself to enjoy the night.
I hope your next dinner part is a smash!
Show me the different ways you chose to make your dinner party unique to your beautiful soul.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
With much love and admiration, ThavinMarcob
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