Elements of hosting a dinner party need to be considered. Not every party has to be big to be great. An intimate dinner party with a few loved ones eating courses crafted by a private chef has just as much potential to be memorable as those raves you enjoyed in your youth. All you need is a lovely ambiance with some atmospheric lighting, pleasant music, flowing wine, good conversation, and of course, incredible flavors.
This is, of course, easier said than done. Organizing an event—even a small one—comes with its own challenges. To help you with that, we have created this handy checklist so you know where to begin. With no further ado, here it is:
1. The Invitations
While it is completely possible to simply open up an event on Facebook and send some e-vites, it is better to go the extra mile. Not only can this inform your guests of the venue and time, but it can also inform them of whatever limitations on the event there are. For example, not every event needs to have the kids present. It is also a good way to ask them about whatever dietary restrictions they might have, which can be included in their RSVP.
2. The Theme
A theme is generally optional in a party, but if your friends have particular tastes, you can use that theme to bring all the details of the party together. Your decorations, tableware, attire, and so on can all be determined by the theme. Even the menu can be shaped to fit it so long as you have a discussion with your private chef.
3. The Decorations
In many cases, cleaning up and just adding a few trappings here and there are enough for a small gathering. If there is a special occasion or theme, on the other hand, it might be better to decorate accordingly. If you have silverware and fine china that you’ve been saving for a special occasion, now might be the perfect time.
4. The Ambiance
These details are often neglected when it comes to dinner parties, but they can contribute to create the perfect atmosphere at your event. A few candles strewn about the home can elevate the mood, along with a playlist of soothing (but not overpowering) background music. Another recommendation is to turn the TV into a faux fireplace. There are plenty of videos on online streaming services that can be streamed to complement the ambiance.
5. The Food
This should be among your top concerns, if not the most important. There’s a reason it’s called a dinner party after all. While you could handle the cooking yourself, this leaves you at the risk of excluding yourself from the night’s events. Hiring a private chef, on the other hand, can reduce your stress and allow you to enjoy the evening (and the food) with your guests.
Just make sure to talk to your chef about the menu so that it is on theme and according to your preferences.
Organizing a small and intimate dinner party is, ironically, no small task. Though the number of guests is smaller, the attention to detail required is just as necessary. Review our elements of hosting a dinner party. Make sure to keep this list in mind the next time you plan a party. It might just help you plan a night you and your guests will always remember.
If you’re looking for a private chef for your dinner party in Chattanooga, Charleston or Colorado Springs, send us at Food Fire + Knives a message. We can help you curate the perfect menu to match your perfect event.