Best of California Dinner Party

Mar 18, 2014
Hosting the perfect dinner party is not an easy task, which is why we have put together 11 useful tips built from personal experiences to help your party be an instant success. 11 Party Tips We love throwing dinner parties which is why we created our Best of California Dinner Party Sweepstakes. Over the years, we have encountered our fair share of glorious party moments and, of course, some learning moments. From our successes and failures, we are sharing with you our list of tips. 1. Friday Night Rocks – Guests are usually excited to kick of the weekend and happy to linger late celebrating. It also keeps their weekend free. For the host, having your dinner on Friday night will really encourage you to spread out the work throughout the week and keep things simple. 2. Relaxed Host – Have a glass of wine before your guests arrive. A relaxed host is a happy host. 3. Play a Game – If possible, get outside and play a lawn game or such before dinner. We love playing Bocce. It helps guests work up an appetite and gives them something to laugh about over dinner. 4. The Sweet Stuff – Make your dessert the day before or pick it up from the store. If you are brewing coffee, stick with decaf. 5. Drinks – Pick one signature cocktails drink. Also have plenty of chardonnay and pinot noir ready to serve which are both extremely food friendly. 6. No Place Cards – They tend to feel a bit stuffy. However, you should still think about the seating arrangement. Have the “funny” person in your group sit in the middle. Keep the shy folks close to the hosts. Couples should not sit together. Consider switching seats with your partner at dessert time to mix it up. 7. Turn off the lights – Set out lots of antique candlesticks with differing heights to set the mood and give a dash of opulence and charm. 8. Over the top – To put the evening over the top, send guests home with homemade mignardises in antique jars. They’ll dig in on the way home or save them for the morning. Either way your party will leave a lasting impression. 9. Share Tasks – Give your guests tasks that they can handle – lighting candles, filling water glasses. 10. Edible Centerpiece – A baguette at each end of the table is a beautiful touch, but also put an assortment of rustic breads on the table, so people can tear off pieces as they pass them around. 11. Make-Ahead MenuWilliams-Sonoma shares a delicious menu that you can make ahead.
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