How to Plan an Elegant Holiday Dinner Party

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It’s finally your turn to host the elegant holiday dinner party that your friends have been eagerly waiting for for months. But before you dive in, make sure you’re well-prepared. The Realtors at Walt Danley are here to help guide you through an effortless gathering this holiday season, guaranteed to leave your guests with a lasting impression.

Craft Handwritten Invitations

Although handwritten paper invitations may seem like a thing of the past, we suggest you keep this tradition alive. It exhibits thoughtfulness and personalization, setting the tone for your upcoming engagement. Tip: It’s common courtesy to send invites out at least 3-4 weeks in advance of your date to give your guests enough time to respond.

Decide What’s on the Menu

When choosing what to serve as your entree, go with what you know. Keep the ingredients simple – now is not the time to experiment with a new recipe. Cooking for a crowd can be intimidating, so give yourself plenty of time to complete each dish before your guests arrive (or better yet, hire a catering company to do all the dirty work). If you do opt for homemade goodies, make your hors d’oeuvres the night before the party to free up space and time. Whether you’re cooking for your guests or hire a chef, it’s also helpful to know your guests’ food preferences and allergies before you select dishes.

Prep a Fancy Drink Station

To avoid becoming your guest’s personal mixologist, set up a self-service drink station or arrange for onsite bartending service. Start with the basics: hard alcohol (including liquor and liqueurs), bitters, fruit juices and carbonated beverages. Expand to include seasonal flavors and garnishes. Make sure to leave out plenty of glasses, stirring sticks, drink napkins, and a serving bucket full of fresh ice.

Properly Set your Table

One of the most important features of an elegant dinner party is the place settings. Keep in mind you’ll want to prepare your table with utensils for each course (so you don’t have to pass out spoons while serving dessert). For simple instructions on how to properly set your dinner table, watch this video.

Decorate Your Table with Elegance

When it comes to table decorations and centerpieces, think small. Save space for food by displaying low arrangements of blooms in lieu of large centerpieces. Use petite accents, such as candles, to fill empty spaces. Place unique name cards next to each plate for parties of 8 or more.

If your home lacks the elegance that you’ve been dreaming of, consider upgrading to a more luxurious place that suits your hosting needs. Walt Danley Realty would be happy to assist you in finding your dream home, equipped with a gorgeous kitchen and a spacious dining area where you can host large dinner parties in confidence. Contact us today to get started!