There comes a time when you know you’ve matured into a full-blown adult, and it’s when you throw your first dinner party. There’s no turning back for you now! You will go shopping for olive bowls and start to think about how the decor will need changing every few months. But the great thing about a dinner party is the ability to have wonderful conversation in a relaxed atmosphere. It’s quite a trick to create a nice and relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a meal in, but you can take some cues from the best restaurants and read on…
Lighting Is Everything
The lights will be an automatic mood creator. Are you going for intimate and quiet? Turn the lights down and maybe light some candles. But don’t try and go for a dating in the dark type scenario, you won’t be able to see in front of your face, let alone your food! There is nothing worse than sitting under some harsh overhead lights and seeing your plate gleaming. Investing in a few dimmer switches will assist you in getting the right amount of light and dark.
Music Will Dictate The Tempo
Don’t want to have a cozy dinner party but need to liven up the place a bit? Music will build a subconscious tempo into proceedings. So if you want that relaxed mood, put some light jazz or something inoffensive. But if you are looking to make a bit of a party in the kitchen, the design of many contemporary kitchens gives you the opportunity to turn it into a hub of activity. So by having a gathering in the kitchen helps to keep the ambiance lively and having the right music will certainly help with that while you’re making margaritas for everyone! Although if you are inspired to have a conga, you are clearly having too much fun!
Use Warm Colors
It can be personal preference, but using light and warm colors helps to work the relaxed atmosphere into the room better. Going for reds and blues in your tableware and having a nicely decorated flower on the table for a relaxing evening in to go with the dark red wine and spaghetti ragu, with a dark chocolate torte for dessert, they are all nicely neutral elements and colors that will help to keep the dinner party civilized and warm in approach.
Last But Not Least…
The most important part of a successful dinner party is… you! As the host, you are responsible for the enjoyment of your guests, and having a relaxed and hospitable host is what will make the evening one to remember or one to forget! So many hosts aim for perfection in everything, and it can come across as being too perfect and clinical. So just go with the flow, and be warm and receptive to what the night may bring. A great dinner party is more than just the food; it is the atmosphere, the style, and the warmth that you, as the host, brings to the table.