Thursday, 19 May 2016

Advice For The Perfect Dinner Party Atmosphere

When you’re hosting a dinner party, it can quickly turn from a nice idea to a daunting, stressful panic! While this is a sign that you’re concerned about being a good host, there’s really no need for it! While I could write forever about cooking for people, the atmosphere you create is an important part of the dinner party experience. Here are some tips for the perfect dinner party setting.
First of all, turn down the lights. I’m no psychiatrist, but I know that something about dimmed lighting creates a welcoming air of class. Dim lighting makes a room feel homely, like a classical painting. Garish, unshaded light on the other hand flattens everything out, and makes me think of a colder, professional setting. Instead of turning on your regular lighting, keep the place nice and dim with a few scattered lamps. You want to get the room just light enough to see your food and guests, and not much more.

If you don’t have enough smaller lamps to create moody lighting, then the next best thing is candles. I know you might feel like you need to impress your entire party, but there’s really no need to splash out. You can find some cheap, decent candles at most supermarkets, and some lovely holders in charity shops. For a really economical option, just get a few tea lights and put them in a large jar. This is a cheap way of creating a chic, vintage look to the whole party. While you’re shopping, just remember how small the flame of a candle is. If you’re going to use them for the lighting, just make sure you get enough!
Next, the napkins and tablecloth. Your choices here really depend on your personal tastes. However, if you’re going for a luxurious atmosphere, then nothing really beats linen tablecloths. Fabric napkins may also be a good idea. For starters, these are greener and more economical than using paper napkins and throwing them away. Furthermore, they give off a more sophisticated air, and don’t stand out too much against a fabric tablecloth. Just like the candles, you don’t have to spend a fortune getting these. After, all they’re only for wiping your mouth on!

Finally, turn up the music. Picking a nice dining soundtrack is going to be the most enjoyable part of this whole process. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with playing things that reflect your individuality. However, keeping it as vanilla as possible is the safest option, so leave the Slipknot out this time around! Folk, jazz and Americana are all sure-fire winners. Some Miles Davis, Neil Diamond and Alice Coltrane turned down low are sure to create a warm, relaxing atmosphere. At the very least, the relaxing piano will help to fill any awkward silences you might run into!
Go through this list, and you’ll have the perfect atmosphere for a great dinner party. Whether you’re using it to accent the food or cover it up, paying attention to the dinner party setting will go a long way.

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