Dinner parties are a great way to entertain. You might choose an intimate gathering with a few close friends or an elaborate affair inviting everyone you know. Either way, it’s going to take some planning on your part. You may already have some idea of the guest list in mind, but you still have to work out a theme, decorate for the occasion, plus plan the menu. It might sound like a lot of work for just one person, but don’t worry. We have some great dinner party ideas that are simple to pull off and guaranteed to impress your guests.
Murder Mystery Party
A murder mystery party can be quite fun – especially if you do a period themed one and have your guests dress for the occasion. Get friends and family involved by having them play the characters in your murder mystery. Depending on the era you choose, you want to decorate accordingly to set the atmosphere. The menu probably doesn’t matter much in terms of the type of food served. Just be sure you plan a full course meal, including dessert for best results. If you aren’t able to cook the food yourself, you always have the option of having it ordered from a local restaurant online, which can save a lot of time and alleviate the stress involved in cooking it all yourself.
If the date you’ve chosen for your dinner party is during the warmer months, a Hawaiian luau is sure to be a hit. Have your guests dress in swimwear or other ‘beachy’ type attire and decorate your party area with tiki torches, lots of flowers and greenery and other Hawaiian-style touches. You could play ukelele music in the background and pass out leis as party gifts. For the menu, you might have a pulled-pork dish for the main course with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables as side dishes. A simple menu like this would be very easy to do yourself, which would save money by eliminating the catering bill.
Who doesn’t love Mexican food? It’s spicy, filling and can be made very inexpensively. Decorate your party space with maracas, serapes and paper flowers – remembering to include lots of bold, bright colors. You could even hire a mariachi band to entertain your guests for a true Mexican feel. Have a buffet-style menu with all the fixings for tacos, nachos and burritos – along with salsa, chips and all the trimmings. You could have this catered if you’re short on time or you could even buy the food already made to serve yourself. Alternately, it would be an easy menu to plan and create on your own with very little time spent on cooking.
Dinner parties don’t have to be stiff, boring events. They can be fun and entertaining as well. There is no right or wrong way to host one, so don’t think you have to follow any kind of rules. Just remember to be unique and add your own personal touch to whatever you decide to do, which will make it an enjoyable and memorable event for all your guests.
Julie is an experienced copywriter with a passion for food and partying. She always like to write about exciting party ideas and events management.