How To Throw A Dinner Party Like An Adult

Dinner party like an adult.

I’ve been meaning to invite some people over for dinner but with the holidays and everyone going on vacation, it’s only last week that I was able to find a day when everyone’s in the city. I immediately organized everything and was a little bit stressed out as it’s the first time I’m going to host a dinner for 6 people in our house. Having seen how my very organized sister runs her catering business and events – I somehow learned a little from her hosting skills and tried to incorporate it to the dinner that I hosted myself. But before that, let me first give you a preview of the lovely ladies who I invited.

Being a full-time blogger in a city where I don’t know anyone, most of the people I usually meet are from the hotel industry working in the PR or Marketing field. They’re the ones contacting us bloggers to inform us and invite us for events or meals for review and as a blogger, they are our first point of contact in case we need some information or materials for our blogs. It’s a give-and-take relationship, I need them as much as they need me and I normally maintain a professional relationship with each of them but sometimes, you meet someone who you instantly connect with in a more personal level. You just get along with them and can’t explain why – these ladies are that kind of people for me. To make a long story short, they’re all awesome and I wanted to get to know them better in a non-hotel setting so they could ease up a bit and boy, did they ease up during our dinner.

I’m not a proper hostess nor do I have the right hosting skills so the rules I’ve mentioned here are for dummies like me. After the dinner and seeing how everyone enjoyed it, I beamed with pride and officially called myself an adult. If you want to win in this thing called adulting, then follow these steps on how to throw a dinner party like an adult:

1. Set the mood.

Turn the lights off in your apartment and put candles all over it – just make sure you don’t burn it down. Our apartment has an open kitchen so as to not scare the sh*t out of my visitors, I’ve only turned on the kitchen light and the ones in the hallway. In the living room, I’ve also turned on just one table lamp which gave us enough light to enjoy our dinner.

3. Table napkins for the win.

I wasn’t going for an ultra stylish and fine dining dinner, I want for it to be as relaxed as possible but not to the extent that my visitors would think that I didn’t exert any effort in it and table napkins is the answer to that. As simple as it is, it does give a more formal look to a very simple table setting. If your table is big enough, you can probably throw in some flowers and candles on it too.

4. Have a whatever-is-in-your-fridge-platter.

Dinner party like an adult.

It’s kinda like a cheese platter but doesn’t have to be only cheese, as the name suggests – you can put whatever you can find in your fridge in it. I had some leftover celery, apricots, emental and parmesan cheeses, dried cranberries, grapes and Ritz crackers in my platter. A little bit of design would help to show your pathetic attempt of making it presentable to them. I was surprised that they actually ate it.

5. Have one super dish.

Dinner party like an adult.

I’m not very good in the kitchen, I’ve been very honest about that. In fact, before my visitors arrived – I already warned them about it ahead of time just so they know what they’re getting themselves into. There is one dish though that I’m sure I can’t ruin and that’s the chicken salad which I served in little cups as our appetizer. They loved it and because of that, they didn’t mind that the pasta and chicken I served them was dry and tasteless. They focused on that chicken salad which ultimately became the highlight of their meal.

6. Serve wine, it makes you look sophisticated.

You’re an adult now – throw away the vodka, tequila, beer and all the drinks you’ve been used to drinking when you were in your 20’s. Serving wine on the table makes you look like you’ve got your sh*t together because you’re no longer after getting extremely drunk. In fact, you no longer consider being drunk as a sign of having a good time. You’re now into meaningless life-altering conversations as you casually sip on your wine glass. Looks very sophisticated isn’t it?

7. Invite only the awesomest people.

When you stick to the rule of only inviting the awesomest people you can find then your dinner party will be a sure hit. Just like mine, the conversation flowed naturally which I already expect to happen as I somehow know that they will all get along with each other as well.

If you follow all the 7 rules as mentioned above, hosting a dinner party like an adult would be such an easy job. If only there’s not much dishes to wash the next morning, I’d probably do it every week.

To the awesome ladies who came to my dinner party, thank you and I hope that we do it again soon. xoxo


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  • Anonymous February 1, 2016 at 17:26


  • Rhonda Albom January 23, 2016 at 07:57

    They all look like they are having a great time.
    None of our dinner parties are very formal at all.
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    • Pinay Flying High January 31, 2016 at 17:19

      I hope that they did really have a great time. :p

  • Marissa Tejada January 22, 2016 at 13:57

    Nice post. Looks like you had a great dinner party! Fun. When I have dinner parties (rare!) I like to cook Filipino/Chinese food. It always impresses the non-Asian people 😉 LOL. Totally true about the wine! Wine!!!!
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    • Pinay Flying High January 31, 2016 at 17:24

      Filipino/Chinese cuisine is anything with rice – I should probably do that next time. :p
      Wine for the win! :p

  • budget jan January 22, 2016 at 11:37

    Having a dinner party is quite stressful but having the lovely mix of ladies you invited you were sure to have a great time. 🙂
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    • Pinay Flying High January 31, 2016 at 17:24

      At the end of the day, it’s the company which matters I think. :p

  • Photo Cache January 21, 2016 at 20:19

    When we throw a party for friends, it’s always nonformal and always end up being a cocktail party. Friends end up bringing so many stuff that we don’t really need to fix a lot of things.

    One time it was an informal party for 2 couples (1 couple brought their 2 kids) and instead of attacking the ones we prepared, they started with what’s sitting in our stove which was nilagang baboy (they’re not Pinoys) and thankfully I always have cooked rice.
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    • Pinay Flying High January 31, 2016 at 17:29

      HAhahaha! That’s super awesome! Leftover food for dinner party! Should try that next time. :p

  • Sarah January 21, 2016 at 16:12

    Haha! Have whatever’s in your fridge platter. Great idea!
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    • Pinay Flying High January 31, 2016 at 17:30

      LOL, it’s the highlight! And wine of course. :p

  • Mitzie Mee January 21, 2016 at 11:19

    Looks lovely! Why wasn’t I invited? Dinner parties (aka Getting Drunk in a Non-public Space) are the best if only it weren’t for all the preparations needed. In high school I used to throw dinner parties for my friends, but instead of cooking anything myself, I would just show them the menu from the local pizza restaurant and we would order home delivery Capricciosas:)
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    • Pinay Flying High January 31, 2016 at 17:30

      Next party you’re invited, but will definitely have pizza delivery – with wine of course. :p

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