With the holidays quickly approaching, you may feel pressured to go overboard with your holiday shopping or you may be stressed from tight work deadlines. However, there are many ways to de-stress and appreciate a holiday experience. Inviting your favourite couples over for an intimate dinner party will help you let loose with some much-needed fun this season.
To keep this a stress free planning process, here are some simple steps you can take to prepare for your dinner party guests’:
Put together a list of couples who are constants in your life and who would enjoy a dinner with other couples. Surround yourself with friends that lift your spirits!
Send out the invitations 2-3 weeks before the party so that your invitees can make proper arrangements and prepare accordingly.
Use an RSVP tool to keep track of who is coming.
Create seating cards for the tables to make your guests feel special.
A week before the party, order Christmas themed decorations and arrangements and have them delivered to your front door. Arrangements like ‘Tis The Season Tree, Grand Christmas Tree, Winter Wonderland Tree will surely wow you and your guests.
If you choose to cook rather than cater, be sure to complete your dinner prep the night before.
Properly stock your gents and ladies room with fresh hand towels and tissues. Make sure there is a sufficient amount of toilet paper too!
If necessary, re-arrange your seating areas so that your guests will be able to see and communicate with one another without being uncomfortable.
Need additional seating? Place a few sofa cushions around your coffee table for after dinner tea and games.
Create a music playlist to set the vibe.
Select a Theme
Whether you are throwing a dinner party for Christmas, Boxing Day, the New Year or just because you feel like hosting a celebration, creating a theme surrounding the occasion will heighten your guest experience.
A great way to showcase your theme and to impress your guests is by going all-out with your decorations. Set the table with decorative dishware, a table runner and a few unscented candles. Place an endearing edible bouquet in the middle of the dining table, which will function as both decor and dessert! Run a few fairy lights around your home for additional soft lighting. These minimal touches will transform your home and set the mood for an evening romantic oasis.
Keep It Simple
We all understand the desire to impress our friends, however, this doesn’t mean you have to blow your budget. Your company will make the night unforgettable. If you decide to opt out of cooking a large meal for your guests, try simplifying the food options by setting up more filling hors-d’oeuvre and interactive dessert stations. Place an arrangement of chocolates in your living room for easy snacking. Setting up separate eating areas will allow your guests to socialise and move about freely in your home without looking to you to see what is next. As a host, it can be difficult to involve yourself in all the fun. Try not to focus too much on making the event perfect, but rather allow yourself to participate in all of the fun activities you planned.
As your guests arrive, greet them with a cocktail and kick on the tunes to get your guests dancing and excited for the festivities to come. After dinner, bust out some fun trivia or board games. Hosting a group of wine-loving couples? Mix up the night by getting your guests to guess the kind of wine they are drinking though coordinating a miniature DIY wine tasting.
Say Thank You
Before your guests depart, encourage them to take home any leftover wine or chocolate, and offer them cute favour bags to place them in. Shortly after the party, be sure to send out personalised thank you cards to show your appreciation for making the party one to remember.