This is a collaborative post by Ryan Brickley
If you love playing host, holding a dinner party at your home may very well be one of your favourite things to do. When you have a dinner party, being a good host is the most important thing to make the evening go smoothly. However, the setup of your home can also make a big difference to how well you can pull off a dinner party. The right setup can make your home a much better environment for hosting your friends. Anyone who enjoys having regular dinner parties should consider how they can improve their home to make it a welcoming space.
Open Up Your Kitchen
If your friends have come to see you, hiding away in the kitchen the whole time can kill the party. As the host, you need to be there to keep the conversation going and the drinks flowing. Part of being available as possible will be down to choosing the right menu. The less time you have to spend in the kitchen, the better. But if you’re able to consider the layout of your kitchen, that can help to. You can’t avoid the kitchen all night. Consider opening up your kitchen so you can still socialise with your guests, even when you’re attending to something on the stove or dishing out food.
Have a Flexible Dining Space
Sometimes your dinner parties are small and intimate, and sometimes you might want to invite a larger group of people around. If you have a flexible dining space, you can adjust it to suit however many people are visiting you. For example, if you have an extendable table, you can have it seat six people or perhaps eight or ten people. If your dining table is easy to move, you can relocate it to the side of the room and use it as a buffet table when you have a larger group of people for dinner.
Create an Outdoor Area
Eating indoors is one way to do a dinner party, but during the summer you can get outside. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, an outdoor dining area can offer a formal or more casual space. You can find great deals on garden furniture at sites like www.Bridgman.co.uk/shop/garden/special-offers. A dining table and chairs made from weatherproof materials could stay outside all year. Or if you want a casual setup, perhaps everyone can sit on sofas or even stand with their plates. This works for barbecues, but not so well if you’re not focusing on finger foods!
Dinner Party Atmosphere
There are also some things you can do to create the right atmosphere when you have a dinner party. Lighting is one thing, whether you eat outside or inside. You can have lighting that you can adjust to different levels to set the right mood. Another idea is to have a sound system where you eat so you can put on dinner party appropriate music. Just don’t choose anything too loud.
Your home can make a difference to the success of your dinner party. But being a good host is what matters most.