If you're planning a holiday dinner, avoid feeling overwhelmed by focusing on the four elements guests are guaranteed to notice. Good food aside, it's equally important to create killer ambience. Our fail-proof tips will help you pull off Instagram-worthy details without breaking a sweat. This might be the only time cell phones are encouraged at the dinner table!
If you take the time to create a menu, guests will notice — after all, it is a dinner party. Aside from planning a cohesive menu, focus on the presentation. Even something casual but thoughtful, like this handwritten menu, will have guests looking forward to dessert!
The Place Setting
If you're hosting a sit-down dinner (vs. a cocktail party), the place setting is key and will set the tone of the meal. While it doesn't have to be anything complicated, try to include a detail or two that makes your dinner special. Whether it be a patterned napkin, a DIY place card, or a fun party favor, this special touch is something guests will appreciate.
We can't emphasize the importance of flowers at a party. Not only do they bring texture and color to the table, but the preparation is also easy. Instead of ordering through a florist, try your local Trader Joe's or flower mart for a selection of buds that won't break the bank. Then consider these easy flower arrangements that take only minutes to style.
Often overlooked by hosts, lighting is actually crucial for a party's ambience. Similar to a restaurant, dim lights create a cozy space that brings people together. For a soft glow, avoid harsh overhead lighting and use candles both on the table and throughout your home.