Our dinner party was a success Saturday night. Bringing old or new friends together for no reason other than to catch up with each other is the best excuse for a party.
I used orange as my accent color to go with black and white dinnerware. It’s not my favorite color, but it looked so fresh and spring-like, I had to have it. I purchased the table runner and orange dish towels from Crate and Barrel last week. The towels were big enough for two napkins. Just cut them in half and hemmed up the raw edges. $2.00 each!
Seating arrangements are important for a sit-down dinner.
- Seating should be boy-girl-boy-girl whenever possible
- Spouses shouldn’t sit next to each other
- If there is a guest of honor, he should be seated next to the hostess and she should be seated next to the host
- Assigning seats allows the hostess to make sure all the talkers are not sitting next to each other while the quiet ones are left on their own
My guests are all long time friends. Since the napkin rings were numbered, the women drew an even number and the men picked from the odd sticks. I just made sure husbands and wives were sitting next to someone else. We had very lively conversations going all night long!
- 10 people is the maximum I would recommend for a sit-down dinner party. Any more than that, you better have help serving courses or decide to do a buffet
Flowers and candles are always a must. I love a cut bouquet and have them in my house even when it’s only for me. Tulips are my favorite and they are in season now.
- Avoid scented flowers and candles at the dinner table. You don’t want competing smells.
- Guests should be able to see each other over the floral arrangement. If it’s tall and dramatic, just be sure to remove it from the table before sitting.
It doesn’t matter what style of party you have. Invite friends for cards and appetizers or brunch or a cook-out. No one cares if you have the right dishes or chairs or if the living room needs painting. Life is short–entertain!
Tell me about your party style.