A dinner party is a fantastic gift for friends and family. Holidays, birthdays and the Sunday roast are all great excuses for getting everyone around and spending a day together with great food and better company. But planning a dinner party isn’t always as easy as it sounds, and you might struggle to achieve what you want.
Setting the Decadent Mood
For any dinner party, an intimate environment is essential. Ambient mood lighting from candles and LEDs are a great help with this, but you should place them carefully. LEDs are suitable for accenting or highlighting solid surfaces, such as underneath the table. Softer lights like candles should be strategically and carefully placed on the main dining table at various heights and through materials like glass. You can top this off with a stunning central Murano Glass Chandelier hanging from the ceiling.
Comfort Above All
To further promote intimacy, you should pay attention to the comfort of the room since not all dining chairs are made equal. Even expensive dining chairs can be uncomfortable, so additional cushions will help when dining for extended periods. You could also consider a sitting area with couches and chairs if you have the space. But comfort can extend beyond a cush for your tush. Chairs should be evenly spaced with enough room for everyone to move comfortably. There’s nothing worse than a cramped table.
Impress with the Finest Wares
Depending on how fancy you want your dinner party to be, now might be a good time to break out the best silverware, crystal wine glasses and dinner china for impressive table-scaping. However, it goes without saying that children should not be handed any of these. Aside from that, the very best you can afford will significantly enhance the look and style of your dinner table. Quality china always looks clean and glistens, while crystal glasses catch and refract light like nothing else.
Accessorize and Adorn
Even if your table is small, you need to place some adornments to liven up the mood and break up the monotony of a flat surface. Get out your best vase and put some fresh flowers. Lilacs and roses might look great, but they also have a strong odour. You don’t want to overpower the smells of your food, so opt for something weaker in scents like poppies and dahlias. Of course, it goes without saying that the colours should accent your room and your furniture.
Outsource to Professionals
Suppose an intimate and impressive experience is your goal. In that case, it might be best to hire a professional to take care of the food. While cooking for others is a noble gift, many things can go wrong. Additionally, you will have less time to spend with your guests, which is the reason they are there in the first place. So, for some parties, you can choose to hire a local chef to take care of it for you. Many local catering firms also provide additional personnel such as servers, sommeliérs, hosts and cleaners.