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.
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.
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