Rebecca Chan is an expert when it comes to pulling off a great party so who better to turn to when planning your own little shindig? She teamed up with Fete Boutique and ARTIESE Studios to bring you the 5 rules to throwing your best ever dinner party and doing so without breaking a sweat. From great sips to sweet endings, grab the insider tips for effortless dinner feting.
As an event and wedding planner, I love to plan parties and I love to host at home. When planning a dinner party of your own, follow some of my tips and tricks to make hosting a breeze (and look effortless while doing so!)
1. Beautiful details
If you want your party to be memorable, include beautiful details. I rented vintage place settings to complete my look and it made cleaning a breeze. It was beautiful and also functional. Creating your own stationary is also a fun way to give your party a personal touch. I extended the floral in the invitation into the labels for the mini champagne bottles, and they were a huge hit.
Flowers will elevate every party. Dress up your dinner table with pretty centerpieces from your local florist to take your dinner party from drab to fab. My florist even sprayed some of the leaves a blush metallic pink for a pop of fun. Tapered candles between the floral arrangements gave it an extra touch of romance.
3. Welcome guests with drinks and snacks
Always have something ready for guests when they arrive. A cute drink station awaited guests at my party, along with fruit garnishes and punch. I included some gourmet marshmallows as a fun snack at the table.
4. Order in
If you have a lot on your plate already, order some ready-made food from a local caterer to give you a hand. Mix in catered food with a few side dishes of your own for a full feast. Guests won't know the difference once they are plated and served!
5. Sweet endings
What party is complete without dessert? Always have something awesome ready for dessert to end off on a high note. I had a full sweets table at mine, but you can easily order a pretty cake and small treats for something simpler. For something cold, I also served ice cream cookie sandwiches too. Yum! Whether you want to impress your friends or have a cozy night in, there are always ways to elevate your party into something special.