Dinner Party Planning Tips
More and more people are staying home and inviting friends and family over for an evening's entertainment. Hosting a dinner can be fun and gives you a way to show off your creative side. The basic rule in planning these events is the simpler the better, but all include some basic elements.
Invitations set the tone for an event and can range from the quick phone call or email to a beautifully printed or engraved card, depending on the occasion.
The basic essentials of an entertaining bar includes flat and sparkling water, regular and diet sodas, lemons and limes. Stock up on a few general styles of glassware (in equal numbers) that are appropriate for a variety of drinks.
Food is in the spotlight at almost every party, whether it's a cheese tray with wine or a Thanksgiving feast.
It's the center of the action, the place where guests and hosts convene for the main event. It just needs to be pretty, inviting, not too busy and a clear reflection of your personal style or theme. Set your table according to the serving style you have chosen:
The way you decorate depends entirely on the size and mood of the party you're throwing and the amount of effort you're willing to make. Regardless of the final look of your space, the general elements to consider are furniture placement, lighting, music and flowers.
Dress the part: you deserve to be the star of the show -- wear an outfit that complements your style and occasion. Hostess tips for taking care of your guests:
Entertaining doesn't have to be intimidating, stressful or exhausting. With the right attitude and some savvy planning, it can be fun, exhilarating and, well, entertaining!