Designer Dinner Parties: Dish Ideas & Decor Inspiration

August 18, 2017

For anyone that loves to cook, dinner party hosting is a must. It’s a fun and creative way to share your favorite dishes with your friends and family. It doesn’t have to be overly expensive or time-consuming, it can be a simple yet sophisticated affair. That’s the great thing about dinner parties, as the hostess you can tailor your dinner party to be a perfect fit for your tastes, time and budget.
The thing about all good dinner parties is that the dishes need to look pretty as well as tasting good because pretty food is appealing food. So with that in mind, below is some dish and decor inspiration for your next dinner party. Read on for everything that you need to know to throw one heck of an amazing dinner party! 

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Fresh is best
When it comes to dinner party food, fresh is best. You can, of course, prepare your food the day before the big event and place it in the fridge ready to cook, but what you don’t want to do is actually cook it beforehand and then reheat it. Reheated food always has a certain taste, so it’s best to cook everything fresh. For the appetizer, you can’t go wrong with an antipasti selection of buffalo mozzarella, olives, pickled peppers, artichoke hearts, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and fresh bread. As for the starter, salad or soup is usually a good bet, because both are light and refreshing. For the main the possibilities are endless, from mushroom risotto to homemade pizza , there are an array of dishes that you could opt to make - choose your favorite and go with that. As for dessert, you can’t go wrong with fruit-based desserts, as they are wonderfully refreshing, which is what you need after a large meal.

Use Instagram to get inspired
For inspiration for laying out your dishes, utilize Instagram. Search ‘#dinnerparty’ and see what comes up. The fact is that Instagram is an incredible resource for getting inspired, so if you require inspiration for laying out your dishes, use it. It’s sure to get you plenty of simple but effective ideas for laying out each dish in a pretty, unique, and eye-catching way.

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The table matters
When it comes to your dinner party, the table layout matters a lot. If you want your dinner party to make an impact on your guests, you need to get the layout of your table just right. Again, Instagram can be a great resource, as can Pinterest, for getting ideas. It’s also important to invest in some matching plates and crockery, as well as features like matching pretty flower vases, hotel quality napkins, wooden boards to serve sharing dishes on, and center pieces for the table. If you want everyone to sit in certain places, then investing in name settings could also be a good idea.

Self-serve works best
To make your life easier, set up a self-service drinks area where you place all of the drink options, glasses, and accompaniments so that your guests can top up their own drinks. This will mean that you have one less thing to think about. To jazz up the drinks station, fill a bucket with ice, add drinks toppers like straws, umbrellas, and fruit sticks. It could also be worth slicing up some lemon, orange, and lime, as well as popping out a couple of fruit syrups that can be used to add a little glamor to glasses of Prosecco if you are serving Prosecco that is.
There you have it, dish and decor ideas that will make your next dinner party a soaring success. 



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