I love a good dinner party — it’s the perfect way to bring friends and family together, blow off some creative steam, and try out that new DIY or recipe you’ve been working on. Now I get it, dinner parties can be overwhelming and pretty stressful — but I’m here to give you three simple rules to live by that will make entertaining a cinch.
Rule 1: Let a Theme/Vibe Be Your North Star
It’s easy to get carried away with ideas and directions, especially after diving deep into the world of Pinterest while binge-ing onTop Chef. The easiest way to simplify is to nail down what kind of vibe you’re going for — whether that be easy-going, formal, festive, or somewhere in between — once that’s settled everything else kind of falls into place. For me, I usually put together a few flower arrangements (pro tip: hydrangeas are foolproof and always look effortlessly chic) and maybe a few fun pops like a great bar set up with something unexpected, like a citrus or flower ice cube filled champagne bucket.
Rule 2: Keep It Simple
Don’t over-complicate things, there’s nothing worse than biting off more than you can chew and only realizing it right before everyone is about to arrive. Now that you have your theme/focus nailed down, you can start to build out what your menu and side sizzle (the wow-factor) looks like. For a relaxed party, I’ve found that grazable appetizers like a killer charcuterie board or smoked salmon bites and a house cocktail like a grapefruit gin fizz (I mean there’s no time like the present to bust out your Grandma’s vintage shaker – and that my friend, is the side sizzle) are the perfect pairing. Remember, things don’t have to be perfect or expensive to make it a night to remember.
Rule 3: At the End of the Day, It’s all About the People and the Memories
Don’t get too crazy, the whole point of a dinner party is getting some of your favorite people together to drink, laugh, and be merry. So if there’s one thing you take from all of this, let it be that as long as you have enough wine/cocktails/beer you’re golden.
Until next time.