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Dinner Party Tips

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With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about dinner parties. Whether it’s for family, close friends or the neighbours – having dinner together is a great way to connect. If you’ve never hosted a dinner party, you may feel intimidated — but we’re here to help! At Guaranteed A Fine Furniture we don’t just offer high-quality furniture we also help with your whole home lifestyle. The following tips are a start – the rest is up to your gracious hosting.

 

Space

Make sure to leave lots of space for your dinner guests to move around, so go easy on the extra décor for the occasion. Otherwise, the spaces feel crowded and guests won’t feel free to mingle. And that totally defeats the purpose.

 

Extra Chairs and Settings

Even if you have an estimate of how many people are coming to dinner, it’s always wise to have extra chairs and table settings ready in case those who didn’t RSVP, do show up. Keep them out of the way in one of the bedrooms so they don’t crowd the main entertaining space.

 

Keep things Active

It’s nice to enhance the dinner party with activities, but gear them to your guests. If they’re avid football fans, bring out the big screen not a deck of cards. If they’re into games, then Settlers of Catan, Apples to Apples or a deck of cards will work. Create a schedule with plenty of activities, but don’t expect to adhere rigidly to it. Maybe your guests just want to talk, so if your activity suggestions aren’t picked up on, don’t force it.

 

Plan Ahead

If this is your first dinner party, you’re bound to be nervous and want things perfect. As with anything else, practice makes perfect, so do a test run. If the menu is new to you practice making the dishes several days ahead so you’re familiar with the recipes (these are not the dishes you will serve!) You can also prep some things the day before, dips that go with crackers or marinating the ribs. Arrange the furniture to promote conversation, clean and tidy the house. This kind of planning ahead will give you peace of mind and let you enjoy your guests.

 

Pick The Right Guests

Invite guests you think will mesh and invite the right number – no more than six for this first dinner party. Invite people who have some things in common, although sometimes serendipity is the best party guide! And most of all make sure none of the guests has a romantic history. Otherwise, you’re in for an evening of awkward silences and grumpy moods.

 

And if you’re wanting a little something special, like furniture to wow your guests, stop by Guaranteed A Fine Furniture today! We are located at 4735 Tecumseh Rd E, Windsor Ontario.