A successful dinner party is all about making it memorable. You want guests to find it worthy of posting on Instagram during it, then leave your dinner party wondering when the next one will be.
Yet, what’s the perfect recipe for impressing all your guests? Even a seasoned host finds it rather nerve-wracking to try and discern what elements your guests would collectively enjoy at their dinner party.
Don’t fret, though! Here are a few ways you can impress your guests and ensure your next dinner party will be an event that will have everyone buzzing before and after it!
Create a Theme
You honestly can’t go wrong with a good theme for a dinner party! It’s hard not to have fun when dressed up in a costume. When everyone arrives wearing costumes, it’s not only a creative way for everyone to express themselves, but it’s incredibly engaging for guests. Costumes can be a great way to break the ice and get conversations flowing among guests. Additionally, everyone appreciates the work that goes into committing to a theme by decorating accordingly, related activities, and connecting it through other elements like the food or drinks you serve. For example, if you’re going for a literary-themed dinner party, have guests arrive as characters from their favourite books and provide unique cocktails named after your well-known authors. It’s sure to be a blast for everyone!
Impart Them with a Memento
This suggestion might seem like a throwback to the small gifts you would receive at birthday parties as a child. It may seem a little elementary to hand out party favours. But with a grown-up facelift, you can easily ensure your guests would be impressed by them. For instance, you can impart your guests nicely curated gift baskets filled to the brim with goodies they will enjoy while relating to the night’s theme.
Most people will appreciate this gesture of thanks. After all, it’s hard not to hate party favours since they’re completely free. Plus, it leaves a lasting impression on your guests. There is nothing like being able to bring something home from a great dinner party that will leave an impression on guests!
Prepare a Universally-Loved Dinner
The whole point of throwing a dinner party is to enjoy a great meal together. After all, it’s the main course of the evening! However, you don’t want to prepare just anything. The idea is to create more elevated dishes that guests wouldn’t normally make for themselves at home. You can find a lot of inspiration online for uniquely delicious meals that your guests can find tasty and absolutely Instagram-worthy. Another consideration to keep in mind is dietary restrictions. Do you know guests with a nut allergy or are gluten-intolerant? Are there possibly a lot of guests that are either vegetarian or vegan? It would be best to consider these aspects when preparing the right dishes for dinner. You don’t want guests to have limited options, or worse, ones that aren’t gross to eat. Be mindful of your guests’ preferences and provide them with quality dishes to ensure everyone finds what’s served to be satisfying!
Provide Quality Alcohol
Nothing gets a dinner party flowing and energised than alcohol. It allows your guests to relax and engage easier with other guests, especially if they’re not yet acquainted. You can heighten their experience through how you provide alcohol. First is finding quality alcohol like wine, beer, or even unique cocktails! Alcohol isn’t cheap, so finding good, expensive stuff will be a great treat for your guests. Plus, good alcohol can easily be an integral part of your dinner party’s festivities. For example, you can ask guests to bring their favourite wine to dinner and make a wine tasting of the night! You can easily apply this to beer or cocktails if your guests aren’t big winos. Another idea you can go with is also asking guests to bring various alcoholic ingredients. You can all concoct various uniquely-made cocktails that will have guests engaged and excited about experimenting and tasting their boozy creations!
A lot of work and thought goes into a dinner party – even more so for the successful ones. The dinner parties that shine and impress guests are the ones that craft an experience like no other by considering all these elements. You can guarantee a memorable dinner party when details are considered and met. When these details and preparations all come together, you can bet that they will have a grand ol’ time when guests come together!