5 Things People Forget About When Hosting a Dinner Party

5 Things People Forget About When Hosting a Dinner Party

We all know that hosting a dinner party is a lot more stressful than it sounds. Most often, the host thinks that the menu for the night is the most important item, but well rehearsed entertainers know that it’s about more than just the food. Don’t get me wrong, you can’t serve burnt chicken with some canned green beans, but there are 5 key ingredients you can’t forget when hosting a dinner party, outside of just the menu.


The first, is serveware.

You eat with your eyes first! And that includes the stylish serving bowls and platters that are used to display your cuisine. In addition, make sure you have a solid set of serving utensils at the table, no one will be using their hands to serve themselves!


Number two, mood lighting.

Lighting can be an essential aspect in setting the right mood for a dinner party. You don’t want the overhead lighting to be too harsh, and it’s always good to have the subtle glow of candlelight. This will create the perfect environment for nice conversations and good eats.


The third aspect, glassware.

Plastic cups are okay for having people over to watch the game, but when it comes to a dinner party, they are not okay. For this event, you need two glasses on the dinner table – stemmed glassware for wine and glass tumbler cups for water.


Number four, linens.

Linens have multiple purposes. One, they protect your table from damage and spills and two, they add aesthetics to your table. Table runners, cloths, napkins, place settings; they all add a fun flare to your average table setting. Designer tip! Opt for a pop of color or pattern to your napkins or table runner.


Lastly, the centerpiece

This may be the most important out of the 5, and the most fun to pick out! Whether you go with a beautiful floral arrangement, or a modern and sleek desert dish, every table needs a centerpiece that will be sure to “wow” the guests. This is the focal point of the table, and is surely to be noticed by your guests.

However, before you can even think about hosting a dinner party, it is beneficial to make sure your space is ready! EmV Design Build can help you with selecting furniture, paint colors, decor (and more!) for your dining room.

Give us a call today for your free design consultation!