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Entertaining 101: Dinner party must-haves

Entertaining 101: Dinner party must-haves

Hosting a dinner party for the holidays (or any day) is one of the best ways to entertain family or friends. Tasty food, delicious drinks and great company always lead to a good time. Not to mention, it’s fun to show off your space and style you’ve worked so hard to create.

But if the thought of hosting a group for a dinner party seems daunting, don’t fret! Lana Katsaros from Happily Curated Chaos shares her stress-free dinner party must-haves.
 
>     What furniture is absolutely necessary for a great dinner party?

Of course, we need a place to gather around and eat, so a table is a must. But we also like an area, such as a bar cart or sideboard, for people to help themselves to light snacks and drinks. I think having this extra spot is the perfect way to keep hungry guests busy while the final dinner touches are being made.

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>     Casual or formal — which approach to entertaining do you prefer?

Casual for sure. I love to cook and try new foods, especially more family-friendly meals since we have a 3-year-old, so a casual atmosphere is more suited for us.

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>     How do you serve food for your dinner party?

We love hosting our parties family style! Everyone gets together around a single dining table filled with big bowls and trays of food.
 
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>     So how does everyone find a spot around the table for your dinner parties?

A variety of seating options always work well. A large table means lots of seating — chairs, benches, stools. It all works!

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>     Where do you store all of your dinner party supplies when you’re not using them?

Our party supplies, dishes and flatware are kept organized in cabinets to protect them from dust. Our storage chest is perfect for linen napkins and tablecloths. We use a display cabinet for things like pretty platters and glasses.

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>     How do you show your style and personality with your dinner party décor?

I have some handmade table runners I dyed with indigo that look really neat! When decorating for dinner parties, we like using them as a base and combining them with local, seasonal flowers.
 
EXPERT TIP: Contrast light colors with dark ones to bring some pop to your style. Runners combined with natural elements like flowers are a great start for table settings.

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>     What are your top tips for hosting a stress-free dinner party?
 
  • Remember to ask ahead of time about food restrictions or allergies.
  • Last-minute addition to the guest list? Just pull up a chair from another room; it’s all good.
  • Don’t worry so much about how everything turns out. It’s about being together, talking, laughing and enjoying each other’s company!
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