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Come Party With Me: Winter Dinner - Music

Lalalalala. (That's me attempting to sing.)

Everything is falling into place for my winter dinner and I am so excited I'm acting like my cocker spaniel. The invitations were sent (and everyone's already rsvped), the table and decorations are set, the vodka for my drinks is on ice, and I've begun to prep my make ahead dinner. There is only one thing left to do before my party begins (not including my before-party-beauty-regime of course) and that is figure out what tunes are going to be on rotation. To see the most divine dinner party music,

Remember that the dinner is the main event here so the music should be an after thought: light, jazzy, mood-enhancing, and soothing. I'll start with The Concretes, In Colour, which was a recommendation from my hip friend BuzzSugar.

It's easy listening that's an ideal backdrop for pre-dinner cocktails and tapas. During dinner I'll play a suggestion from my sister, Julio Pane Trio's lively tango music. I prefer to play music without lyrics while we are eating to keep the conversation flowing smoothly. After dinner I'll rotate in an acoustic girly singer songwriter, Rosie Thomas (she's BuzzSugar approved!) for the final soundtrack of the party. You can purchase all of these cds at the itunes store.

Know a rocking song that's just right for a winter dinner party? Let me know about it so I can put it on rotation.

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darlindiva darlindiva 9 years
If you like Frank Sinatra, you should try Harry Connick Jr. Not only is he hot, the man can sing and play the piano! For some music without vocals, I like Coltrane (Try recordings with the Thelonious Monk Quartet or A Love Supreme) some Miles Davis (Kind of Blue, Birth of the Cool, or the Prestige Quintet Sessions). Can't beat Ella Fitzgerald, either.
yayita yayita 9 years
I love frank sinatra
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
There is a great cd that is the musical score to the movie 'Playing by Heart' that has great relaxing music on it. It is Chet Baker songs from the movie...
bfly1133 bfly1133 9 years
I love playing Michael Buble at dinner parties. There is something about his voice that exudes sophistication, much like Sinatra.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
Thanks for your suggestions ladies! I'm totally going to check these recommendations out.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
Sounds like you've got a great party, and I wish I could come :) I totally get what you're saying about no lyrics at dinner, but if played at a low volume, and they're soothing I find that good beats and even some vocals can really set me in the mood to converse at dinner. You might try: 1) an old classic: Getz/Gilberto - this is beautifully sexy bossa nova 2) something a little funky: Susumu Yokota (Symbol) - very cool ambient mix of classical music with electronica beats
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
Anything Frank Sinatra, is always nice for dinner music.
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