Many people dream of one day hosting that perfect dinner party – the one where people never want to leave and speak about for months (or even years!) to come. Think back to the dinner parties you’ve attended, and there is likely one or two that stands out. It’s hard to figure out why they do, though, as many components make up an unforgettable time.
If you’re planning a dinner party and want to ensure everyone who attends has the best time ever, read on.
Send Physical Invitations
It’s easy to invite people to events these days, thanks to social media. Getting an invite over Facebook isn’t as special as a physical invitation, though. By sending a beautiful invitation in the post, people will feel far more excited about the event.
Serve Interesting Food
Do you want to serve your guests something they’ve eaten countless times or food they potentially haven’t had before and are excited by? By serving a meal a little out of the ordinary, you are sure to make an impression. For a long dinner party, canapes always go down a treat! If you’re wondering how many canapes do I need, be sure to do your food research in advance.
Hire a Band
A great playlist can lift the entire mood of the party, but a band does a little more. It’s a touch that doesn’t go unnoticed; live music provides that energetic ambiance that brings any party to life. Choose your genre carefully – for a classy event; you might want to go with a jazz band; if you want a little more dancing, a pop/rock band will work well!
Choose a Theme
Themes always add a little extra excitement to a party, so consider putting the theme on the invitations. There are plenty of ideas to choose from, from the simple but classic black and white event to a movie character theme.
Offer a Great Selection of Drinks
The best dinner parties keep the drinks flowing, so offer a great selection to your guests. Some people might want cocktails, others wine, whereas some might prefer only soft drinks all evening. By providing a mixture, the glasses are sure to never be empty.
Be Mindful of Lighting
You don’t want to ruin the evening by blinding your guests with too-bright lights or so much dimness that no one can see each other, so try out different lighting before guests arrive. Usually, some layered lighting with candles works best for dinner parties.
Focus on the Little Touches
It’s not always the big gestures that stick in people’s minds. Often, it’s the little touches that make the greatest impressions. Pretty napkins, fresh cuts of flowers, and other small decorations show that you’ve really thought about everything.
Hand Out Gift Bags
A great way to end the evening is to send people off with gift bags. Don’t worry, as they don’t have to include toys as they did at kid’s parties; there are plenty of adult items you can put in there, like coasters, mini cocktail bottles, and face masks.
Hosting an unforgettable dinner party takes some work, but the reactions you get will make it all more than worth it.