Dinner parties are the perfect way to get together with friends and family, especially in these cooler months when the weather outside is slightly unbearable. iThink Property’s Director- Marketing and Business Development, Kylie Walker has put together a list of tips and tricks that will crown you the ‘host with the most’ this winter season.
START PLANNING EARLY
Before you can even start thinking about the menu, you need to set a date and time. Round up your guests and set out a date that is going to suit everyone. Once you’ve locked in a date and time you can start gathering all your ideas, polishing up your best cutlery and curating the perfect playlist for the night.
SET A THEME
Setting a theme for your dinner party will be the first step when planning. Setting a theme will help spark conversation, provide a basis for decoration and will help create a fun and laidback approach to the night. Setting a theme will also help plan the remainder of the night. You can use your theme as a guide when thinking about what food and drinks to prepare. Your theme can also help you choose a few dinner party games.
Some good theme ideas are:
- Cuisine themed e.g. Mexican Fiesta, Italian Feast, Asian Extravaganza
- Breakfast for Dinner – with this one, guests can rock up in their best pair of Pyjamas
- Garden Party – this one is perfect for a spring or summer afternoon out in the backyard
SET THE MOOD AND THE TABLE
Start basic with a white tablecloth and incorporate pattern, texture and colour through decorative pieces such as table runners, eclectic glassware and dinner plates. Go all out with lavish cutlery, cute name cards, fabric napkins and table centrepieces.
Set the mood with various types of lighting and candles. Flick on a Spotify playlist that has been created to suit the night and start preheating the oven, because now is when the real fun starts.
DON’T FORGET THE FOOD AND THE DRINKS OF COURSE!
The last thing you want to do is to create a five-course meal that will have you stuck in the kitchen all night. You want to be able to enjoy the night as well rather than being stuck at the stove stirring. Choose meals that you know like the back of your hand or those you can prepare ahead of time. After all your guests don’t expect 5-star meals, they’re there for a good time and your company.
Last but not least, don’t forget the booze. Bring out your inner bartender with these easy to share cocktail recipes. Also, make sure you have non-alcoholic options for those who have to drive or feel like taking it easy.
All images sourced from Pinterest
Information sourced from REA- Does anybody actually host dinner parties anymore and REA- How to set a table for dinner parties
KYLIE WALKER – DIRECTOR – MARKETING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
07 3202 3040
Starting out with a career in the media, Kylie brings a wealth of communication and marketing skills to the team at iThink Property. She helped launch and develop the company’s rent roll several years ago and has organically grown the business with iThink Properties rental network.