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Create A Theme
There are two main factors that will determine your theme—your guest list and your expectations for the evening. Are you trying to impress your boss? Catch up with old friends? Or even get to know new ones? Whatever your intentions, it is smart to decide the type of affair ahead of time. Do you want to host a casual dinner served at the kitchen table, an outdoor barbecue where you eat poolside or perhaps a more formal affair at the dining room table? The theme you choose will ultimately determine the look of your table. For a casual outdoor affair, have buckets of ice with bottled beers and drinks on the table. Use lots of candles, and if you really want to keep it mellow, consider using paper and plastic. If you want to create a formal environment, go all out with the place settings. Start with your centerpiece and build a look around that. Don’t feel like your plates all have to match perfectly. Use different pieces in various shapes and colors to create a unique and extraordinary atmosphere. Always put something special at each place setting like a flower, place card or special favor to take home.
The food you serve at a dinner party is of primary importance, as it will likely take center stage during your evening. When you begin planning your menu, think about your guests and what foods they might enjoy (or more importantly, what foods they may be allergic to or not like). Next, take into consideration the time of year. If you are hosting an event on a warm summer evening, keep the menu simple and take advantage of summer’s bounty. Use fresh and organic foods of the highest quality and let the natural flavors of the foods shine through. Don’t forget about dessert. For some people this is their favorite part of the evening. Because it is summertime
consider serving fresh berries with homemade whipped cream and a fancy coffee drink. Or keep it very simple and make gourmet espresso brownies served with a French 75 after dinner drink. You can also go the safe route and purchase cookies, brownies and cupcakes from a local bakery. These are just a few ideas. The options are limitless for creating a memorable evening for your guests.