Who doesn’t love walking into a warm, cozy home, gathering around a beautiful table with your besties and enjoying an evening of good food and great wine? Turn your next dinner party into a memorable evening with these seven entertainment elements from Maxwell & Williams:
- Guest list: Inviting a bunch of friends who have nothing in common can make for an awkward evening. Group friends together who have similar interests to keep the conversation flowing.
- Check in on dietary requirements: Imagine serving a showstopping meaty pasta dish only to find out that your guests are gluten intolerant vegetarians.
- Prep as much as possible before the guests arrive: You want to enjoy the evening with your friends and not slave away in the kitchen. Something like pasta and green salad, curry with rice and sambals or a roast with vegetables and potatoes. Simple, seasonal, and flavourful are the keywords here.
Nothing spells cosy quite like a log fire. Or turn on your gas heater and light dozens of candles or fairy lights. Create snug areas where guests can sit or stand together. Do not forget that guests are likely to arrive with scarves, coats, and jackets, so allocate a room or closet where all of these items can be stored.
Why not pull out the vinyl records or CD’s and ask guests to choose music for the evening? For a less hands-on approach, create a playlist on your favourite streaming platform like Spotify or Deezer.
Never underestimate the impact a beautifully set table has on your guests. Think place cards, candles and napkins combined with your favourite dinner set and serving ware. Complete the look with seasonal flowers or greenery from your garden. Keep your plates warm in the oven and only place them on the table as your main course is served.
There’s nothing wrong with a BYO (bring your own) get-together, but it is still important to have a stocked drinks station available with some good wines and non-alcoholic drinks like infused water or juice. An interesting welcome drink could be a conversation starter in itself!
Hand-written place cards with names and a handwritten menu is a simple, quick and inexpensive table addition that will create a unique feel and will make your guests feel special. Have smaller blankets on hand for guests who might feel extra cold and do not forget to check that your guest bathroom is freshened up with fluffy towels, flowers, enough toilet paper and hand cream.
End the dinner party on a high note by giving each guest something special to remember the evening by. Anything from homemade shortbread to a cute mug will be just perfect.
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