There is nothing so wonderful than to sit down to an elegant annual dinner with colleagues and co-workers. How many times do we have this for ourselves and those we love? When was the last time you brought out the candles, crystal, and special dishes? Christmas and New Year, maybe? But dinner parties shouldn’t be just for those special days. Dinner party planning isn’t difficult and the rewards are great, so why not have them more often. At major holidays, family members or friends often share dinner party preparations. If the thought of hosting a dinner party on your own is stressful, it shouldn’t be. Here’s why!
Planning an annual dinner is only slightly different from planning any other party. The differences being it is a sit down dinner as opposed to buffet or cocktail party, lot of people are invited, the atmosphere is more intimate, and the focus is more on the food than meeting and chatting with a larger group of people.
The number of people invited is limited to the number of people who can be seated comfortably around your table. Of course, the people you choose to invite should have personalities that will provide them with mutual subjects to talk about. A dinner party is a great way for a host to introduce his friends to each other in a relaxed atmosphere. A dinner party is also a great way for a budding chef to try out new dishes. If inviting couples, be sure no-one you invite is going to be the “odd-man-out.” This is an awkward position to be put in and it is not necessary if a little thought is put into the guest list.
The one thing that is more important than with any other type of party are the supplies. This is not the time for plastic plates and utensils. A dinner party calls for all the best china and silver you have. A centerpiece consisting of candles is always nice since candles enhance the intimate feeling of the dinner Linen tablecloths and matching, or nearly matching, napkins should be used. . If you don’t have any of these items, they all can easily be rented.
It is important that you have enough room for a dinner party. Usually guests will have a drink or two before dinner. This does not have to be a large place, but guests should be able to mingle and move around easily and comfortably. At the table, enough space should be provide for each guest to easily move the chair from the table, be seated at the place setting without bumping into or rubbing elbows with the guest next to them. As dinner parties serve several courses, the chairs should be comfortable to sit in for any length of time. After dinner, guests are usually invited to another seating area to enjoy after-dinner coffee and small talk. A living room is ideal for this as is a nice veranda or deck if you have one and the weather is nice.
As you can see, compared to other types of party planning, dinner party planning is easy. It’s up to you, as the host or hostess, to set the mood for the party. Although it is up to you to start stimulating conversation if it lags, your careful choice of guests will probably make this not necessary. Enjoy the food, enjoy your guests, and they in turn, will find your dinner party one of the best they ever attended.