Household Hosting | Setting Up Your Home For the Perfect Dinner Party

The world is changing, and so is the way that we interact and entertain.

It used to be the norm for the socially minded to regularly throw dinner parties for their friends as a way to connect and engage. However these days, with the frenetic pace of life and hyper-connectivity, it seems like everyone is either too busy or too engrossed in their devices to have time for one of life’s simplest pleasures.

Make no mistake, the dinner party is fast becoming a relic of the past and I believe that we as a society are much poorer for it. This is why I have had made it my pet mission to single-handedly restore the dinner party to its place of pride. Maybe I’m fighting a losing battle here, but I’m not going to die wondering!

If you are on board with me and want to rally to this cause, then here are a few ways to ensure that your house is primed and ready to impress. Let’s spread the good word that dinner parties are back, and they’re here to stay!

Wired for Sound

In the same way that we have songs that define key moments in our lives, every dinner party should have a playlist that will provide the soundtrack to the experience. Ensuring that you have a top quality surround sound system is critical to creating the right musical ambience. Make sure you do the right research into the best speakers for your budget, and how to position them in your dining space for the best sound.

This website has some great options for receivers and components that ensure top sound quality.

The Bar’s Open

The Perfect Dinner Party includes stylish home furnishings

Installing a wet bar in your home can be a truly unique and exciting way to add spice and get the conversation flowing. Guests will absolutely love the chance to indulge in a pre-meal aperitif, or after dinner tipple in classy surroundings. Constructing a wet bar is surprisingly easy and can be done on a very reasonable budget. Make sure to stock it with delicious liqueurs and throw in some tasteful, affordable bar stools from and you will have yourself a great addition to the dining experience.

Lighting the Way

The right lighting can make all the difference to the mood of your meal. Brighter, white lights will provide an upbeat feel, while softer, yellow lights will create a more mellow atmosphere. Put some thought into the kind of light fittings that will best suit the rest of your décor to provide a pleasing experience. Whether you go for modern or classical, downlights or uplights, the market is awash with stylish options.   

Create Atmosphere

As important as the dining table is, the surrounding area can play just as big a part in setting the right mood. Decorating your space with tasteful candles, plants or art pieces will greatly enhance the experience for everyone.

Invest in Tableware

There is nothing worse than going to all the trouble of preparing a stunning meal, only to have your guests eat it off drab tableware. While it can be pricey, investing in beautiful china, flatware, cloth napkins and glassware will make the difference between a nice meal, and one that they will never forget.

Obviously much will depend on the quality of the food and ensuring that you have the right mix of guests so that everyone is at ease and the conversation flows. However, by following these guidelines, you can make your home the perfect background for an unforgettable evening.