Dinner parties can be an incredibly luxurious event, they are the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion. Planning an event isn’t always easy, there’s plenty to do, and you’ll want to impress your guests.
Do your research
The first step to planning a luxury dinner party is to do your research. What sort of dishes would you like on the menu? There are lots of places where you can research delicious dishes. You might check out the Instagram accounts of high-end restaurants? Perhaps take a look at some famous food blogs? You might also take a look at some fine dining cookbooks. A few books to get you started include:
- The Fat Duck by Heston Blumenthal
- The Hand and Flowers by Tom Kerridge
- Arzak + Arzak by Juan Mari Arzak and Elena Arzak
Plan your luxury menu
Once you’ve done a little research it’s time to plan your luxury menu. You’ll need to choose your courses wisely, the wine pairings should be perfect, all of the different dishes should work together well.
At this point, it’s important to check if your guests have any dietary needs or allergies. You’ll need to pre-plan alternatives if there is anything that your guests can’t eat. Pre-planning tasks like this are crucial, to ensure that your dinner party goes off without a hitch. From the brioche bread to the desserts, you’ll want everything to be perfect.
Choose a theme
The fun part, every luxury dinner party needs a theme. You might base the theme around the style of food, or choose a dress code, for example, black tie? If you’re feeling creative you might like to choose a unique theme whether it’s Paris or Casino night? If you want to banish the mundane, then host a night of true gothic enchantment and let your guests wear luxurious gothic clothing. If your theme includes a dress code, you must let your guests know well in advance.
The right decor choices
Decorating your dining space allows you to create the perfect atmosphere for your dinner party. You can decorate using a centerpiece, a tablecloth, plants, or lights?
The theme that you choose will largely inform your decor choices. Decorations can also be determined by the party’s theme and purpose. You might throw a party to congratulate your colleague for a promotion or to mark a milestone or celebrate a life event. Make a very professional impression by selecting a bouquet of flowers that match your table setting and lighting. You might be able to find a little inspiration on Instagram?
Every luxury dinner party needs a budget, so you don’t go overboard! Decide on an approximate budget for your food, decor, and so on. If you’re going elaborate you might even hire caterers instead of cooking yourself? It all depends on the occasion, how many guests you have, (and how much you’re looking to spend)!
Music or entertainment
Lastly, you’ll need to think about music or entertainment, for example, party games. The food is of course the main event, but entertainment can really make a dinner party! Think about the tone you’d like to set, this will help you to think about what type of entertainment will work best.
Using these five steps you’ll plan an amazing luxury dinner party. Remember, getting organized early on is the way to go. When you put lots of effort into the planning process, you’ll get the best results. Once you throw your first dinner party you’ll be hooked! If you’re looking to eat healthy, you might host a healthy dinner party next time? There are so many options and ways to get creative!