Five Must-Haves When Hosting a Gourmet Dinner Party
“I try to greet my friends with a drink in my hand, a warm smile on my face and great music in the background, because that’s what gets a dinner party off to a fun start.”
– Ina Garten, famous and beloved cook
Hosting a gourmet dinner party allows you to socialize with friends, family and acquaintances with style. It’s exciting and fun to put together your own dinner party, reflecting your interests and the season. There’s nothing like providing people with fresh, delicious fare that is beautifully presented, to make them feel welcomed and appreciated. Here are five essentials to hosting a gourmet dinner party that your guests will enjoy:
1. Choose a Dinner Theme and Decor
Consider a theme for your dinner party. This theme could be tied into a culinary specialty like Catalan food, a holiday like Mardi Gras or Valentine’s Day, a special event like a book launch or anniversary, or a theme you created. In choosing a theme, make sure you can provide complimentary culinary experience with enough familiar food that your guests will feel comfortable along with any special unknown entrees.
You can look for inspiration online, at HGTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Epicurious and other websites geared towards culinary experiences. Pinterest is also useful for seeing decor and layout suggestions from how to use dishes to setting place cards, using centerpieces and candelabras to assemble a distinctive dinner table presentation that is unique to you and memorable.
In fact, the way that you decorate your living space, most notably your dinner table, will set the tone for the evening. The dinner table creates the ambience of the night’s event. Use high quality silverware, glasses, tablecloths and cloth napkins. Include decorations and centerpieces with flowers and herbs, accompanied by votive candles or tapered candles. If your dinner table is outside, you can have additional outdoor lighting and lanterns along garden paths and on the porch to welcome your guests. Have fun doing this. Choose a style that works best for you and aim to provide a high-quality experience of that style throughout your guest’s dinner experience.
2. Enjoy the Season
Every season has its own special culinary delights from the ripeness and availability of certain fruits and vegetables to popular dishes that your guests may be familiar with. Have fun with this, adding seasonal ingredients as best as possible. If you have a garden, you can also add your own homegrown fruits, vegetables and flowers to thedinner menu or presentation. Savor in-season delicacies from truffles to artichokes. Buy locally grown, fresh produce and enjoy the season!
3. Keep Courses Distinct
Keep your guests intrigued and appetites whetted with distinct courses. For example, a traditional French dinner has nine courses no less! This ranges from a cold hors d’oeuvre to soup, fish or seafood, the entrée, cold dish or salad, cheese, dessert, fruit, and coffee. As the host or hostess, you can decide how many courses you want to serve. For example, you can stick to the essentials: an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Make sure that each course is distinct and memorable, with different flavors.
4. Have Music Playing
Choose a music playlist ahead of the event and have music playing before guests arrive. Music creates an immediate ambience. You can put the music at a volume that is loud enough to hear but does not overpower conversation. You can also request that your guests turn off their cell phones during the actual dinner event to encourage participation and sharing.
5. Stay in Touch
Some of your guests may have been considerate enough to bring you a gift. Be sure to thank them with handwritten notes saying thank you, ideally three days after the event. You can also stay in touch with all the guests who attended your event by email or an old-fashioned, friendly “thank you for coming” card. You can also invite them to your next event if you will be having one!
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Sweet 3 bedroom home that has a light and airy feel to the interior. Vaulted ceiling with open concept design creates a welcoming feel with plenty of natural sunlight all afternoon. Hardwood floors in bedrooms. Updated interior ready to be moved in to. It is a special place to call home or cottage.
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20 Quiet Heights Lane, Georgina provides views of the lake from all spaces on the west side of them home, including the great room, kitchen, dining area, and primary bedroom.
You will enjoy the morning sunrise from the front covered porch and of course, sunset views from the lakeside. The natural sunlight fills the home with warmth and light all day long. It’s tranquil, serene, and welcoming.
In the design stages, the current owner had some important “must-have’s” including a Muskoka like feel, spaciousness, sun-filled rooms, and an “understated elegance“ carried throughout the home.
Some of the interior features include:
– 3 bedrooms on main level and 2 additional bedrooms on the lower level
– 3 full bathrooms plus powder room
– 10.9 ft ceiling height on the main level and 9 ft ceiling height on the lower level
– Great room includes custom millwork and 13 ft vaulted coffered ceiling
– Gourmet kitchen with upgraded appliances
– Spectacular light fixtures including ceiling fans in each bedroom
– Custom drapery and blinds
– Radiant heated floors in kitchen, primary ensuite and the entire lower level
– Surround sound system both indoors and outdoors
A full list of room features, additional images, virtual tour, and more can be found on our website (link in bio).
This listing is also available on realtor.ca (MLS# N5657656)
When you combine the attention to detail of a quality builder with the owner’s vision to create a sanctuary home, the result is spectacular.
This home offers a “Zen” feel immediately upon your arrival.
The landscaping is wonderfully appointed with a collection of perennial gardens, shrubs, mature trees and privacy hedges on both sides, which is home to many birds. There are several seating areas promote great conversation with family and friends or a place to enjoy some quiet time when you want to be alone and enjoy nature all around you.
This is a wonderful home to entertain in both indoors and outdoors. The raised balcony includes a covered area where you can enjoy a summer rain shower. The open area provides lots of space for your chaise loungers to get some sun and watch an array of boats on the lake.
The lower deck is covered and a perfect location for the 7-seater plus lounger hot tub along with another separate seating area to enjoy the lake views.
Listing Price: $1,935,000
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This charming 3+1 bedroom century home is located in an established area of Sarnia offering lovely streetscape, large mature trees, wide streets and boulevards.
The family have maintained the home and updated the interior features over their many years living here since 1975. The shingles were replaced in 2022. There were two additions including a a two-storey addition with a large family room, sun room and additional bedroom on the 2nd floor.
There is lots of space to entertain family and friends. The living room includes a gas fireplace and overlooks the formal dining room. The sun room includes a gas fireplace, large windows and double patio doors.
The oversized fully finished & insulated 3-car garage includes an upper level coach house which is completely finished. This is a great space for extended family and serves as an in-law suite or potential income if approved by the City as an auxiliary dwelling.
The mature front yard boasts beautiful mature trees, gardens and a seating area. The backyard has a large paved courtyard and provides parking for 3 vehicles.
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