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Published on: 08 Dec 2016 by sophia-addison
The perfect dinner party is a combination of elegant, and casual and goes off with a smoothness that leaves people wondering how you managed everything so simply. This unique ability to seamlessly dress a table, provide food that is served at the perfect temperature at the perfect time as if by magic and still manage to keep up with the conversation going on in the room are signs of the dinner party diva. So how does a normal person pull of a dinner party successfully without a lot of time, fuss or experience?
*Remember that simplicity is key when decorating your space. Try using a glass storage jar full of water that has a few drops of food coloring added and a few coordinating flowers as a centerpiece, or even adding colored marbles or other fish tank fillers and a beta fish for a pop of movement and color. This idea only works if you plan on having a new pet, or know someone who will care for your living centerpiece after the party. Glass storage jars make excellent centerpieces and are inexpensive and easy to find. The best part is that after the party they can still be used in your cupboard or on your countertop to store staple pantry items.
*Use a simple cut of pretty fabric as a table runner rather than spending a fortune on ready-made table decorations. It is common to find fabrics in just about any color for only a few dollars a yard and you can purchase only what you need for the length of your table. If the edges are raw, and you don’t like this look, you can simply fold the edges over underneath and hold them with fabric tape, or use a glue gun to fix them down.
*Purchase inexpensive plastic dishes, and silverware to ensure an easy clean up after each course, from appetizers to desert. This will ensure you don’t have to worry about missing out on any of the fun trying to wash dishes between courses so you have enough for everyone. This also provides another opportunity to add a pop of color to the table. There are even silver and gold options available now for a bit more elevated style.
*Food offerings can be elegant and simple at the same time as they are inexpensive. An appetizer of warm spreadable cheese and apple slices is quite elegant and doesn’t have to cost a fortune. This type of sharing appetizer is wonderful with a side of date jam and a nice glass of sweet wine, which will prepare the palate for the meal to come. Another excellent appetizer that doesn’t break the bank is sliced vegetables, olives and hummus served with a plate of crispy warm pita chips. These options are excellent starters for a variety of ethnic meals and are easily paired with a variety of beverages. Other benefits of this type of appetizer is the family style serving which initiates conversation and keeps guests in a small area where they are sure to get to know each other.
*When planning the main course try using less expensive cuts of meat, marinated, sliced thin or pressure-cooked to create a high level of succulence without the price tag of more expensive cuts. Try planning pulled chicken or pork rather than full portions and serve these with ample vegetables and starches which are filling and can be very flavorful sides.When a dinner party is on your agenda and you have little experience with creating the right atmosphere and menu for company there are many ways to make the most out of things you already have around.
Decorate with glass storage jars you already have in your pantry or cupboard and use remnant fabric to dress up your table. Choose finger foods, and simple dishes that bring guests together and initiate conversation, provide beverages in simple glasses that are not likely to tip over or be broken in case of an accident and use disposable dishes and utensils whenever possible. Food should be flavorful yet inexpensive and cooked in a manner that is low maintenance such as crock pots and pressure cookers. Desert is often the best place to spend a little more and really pull out the stops for a lasting impression.