Your carefully chosen dining room furniture ensemble will certainly be a beautiful work of fine craftsmanship, but it isn’t meant for display. It will be the centerpiece of dozens—perhaps hundreds!—of memorable gatherings. Today’s blog is the final installment in our three-part series on hosting the perfect dinner party, so it’s a fitting time to focus on unforgettable final touches.
At this point in party planning, the big things—guest list and invitations, setting your dining room table, the menu—are all finished. However, the smaller tasks of dinner party planning aren’t any less trivial; you can make big impressions with small details. Below are a few of our favorite ideas for upping your dinner party game.
Not your ordinary water. Set up a drinks station on one end of your dining room table. Add cucumber, lemon, orange or lime (just one, so as not to overpower) to a few pitchers of water. All of your guests will appreciate this flavorsome twist on a party essential.
Name your drink. The aforementioned drinks station also needs a small bowl filled with rubber bands and a few Sharpies lying near the wine glasses. Guests can use write their name on the rubber band and then place it around their glass—voila, you’ve got a rubber-band I.D.! This is always a good idea at dinner parties. Otherwise, you might fall victim to the ever-present partygoer who always grabs the closest, fullest drink and claims it!
Let the music flow. Take time out before the party to make a playlist. Movie soundtracks and best-of compilations are great candidates for the list; they seamlessly flow from one song to the next. Make sure your playlist is long enough to cover the entire length of the party and that the music volume doesn’t hinder conversation.
Know your audience. Think about whom you’ve invited. Any vegetarians or vegans in the crowd? It’s not an easy task, but be thoughtful enough to ensure that you are at least vaguely familiar with any special dietary restrictions of your partygoers. Your dining room table doesn’t have to feature each person’s favorite food, but you want to at least have a few vegetarian dishes to accommodate different dining preferences.
A pedestal table is perfect for gathering ‘round at a dinner party. Check out Dinette.com’s Dakota 7-Piece Dining Set in golden cherry. With an easy-to-use 12-inch butterfly leaf extension, this dining room table really is the more the merrier!