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Dinner Event Planning
Dinner Party Planning
Dinner Menu Planning
Birthday Dinner Party
Getting Started Basics
Setting | Seating | Serving
Dinner Party Checklist
Dinner Party Themes
Dinner Party Etiquette
Dinner Shopping Lists
Guest List & Invites
The Cocktail Hour
Selecting the Music
How To Throw A Dinner Party: Decorating Ideas
Decorations, props, and surprises
are the extras that make your
dinner party memorable
. Subtle decorations and moments of delight all
centered around a cohesive theme
keep your party
and your guests entertained.
Quality over size and quantity
: Dinner parties should reflect your
style and taste
, so keep this in mind as you select decorations for the occasion,
choosing quality over
most elaborate decorations
should be used on your
, but also plan unique and
discovered throughout the evening
by your guests.
Neutralize the background
: Make your decorations
stand out by neutralizing the background
Replace off-theme colors with neutral tones
, such as beige, brown or white in areas that serve as a direct background for your party decorations.
A prime example is to
use a white tablecloth and napkins to emphasize your dinner table decorations
Go through your closets and stored items to
find everything related to the colors appropriate for your theme
. Use theme-related colors on your neutralized backgrounds throughout your home.
For example, use red, white and green for a Mexican Fiesta; blue and teal to represent water for an Under the Sea Theme; navy blue, red, white, and yellow for Nautical; neon pink, green, and black for Retro; and pink, naturally, for a Pink Flamingo party.
For color themed parties,
use a colored bulb to light a corner of the party area or bathroom
. Buy scrapbook
paper in your theme color to put in photo frames
splashes of color
wherever needed. Scrapbook paper is available at hobby stores.
Entertain your guests by
strategically placing tasteful decorations
where they will be seen over the duration of the party. Here are the
key areas that almost every guest will look:
-- Whether you are using a simple or more elaborate theme, your
invitation should be the first clue
. The invitation is also an opportunity to
create excitement and anticipation
large selection of invitations
for virtually every theme. If you do not see one you like, you can
design your own
. This may be the best option for
basic themes, such as a color
, where you simply use contrasting shades for the text and background.
– Elevate your guests’ spirits as they arrive with decorations at the entrance to the party. Everyone has to get there, so
a yard stake, colored mini-lights, or a front door decoration
is visible to each guest and
a nice welcome
to set the tone and reinforce your theme.
– If you really want to go all out, add a more elaborate decoration
inside the entrance in the foyer
. Because of the distractions upon arrival, a decoration in the foyer should be larger or
to be seen.
Practically every guest will visit the bar
, therefore this is a logical location for a
tabletop item along with a couple of votive candles
will be seen without taking up too much space. Also,
sprinkle theme-related confetti
on the bar for an extra detail.
– With everyone packed into the party area, decorations are less likely to be noticed, however,
lighting at eye-level
or just above guests’ heads will
theme and regular votives
, placed in a
group and/or throughout the room
to add atmosphere.
– Not only can you
name your specialty drink according to your theme
, you may also choose a cocktail of a
color related to your decorations
. And regardless of what your guests are drinking, you can dress it up with
theme-related cocktail accessories
, such as,
napkins, garnishes, toothpicks, swizzle sticks, and/or umbrellas
Hors d'oeuvre tray
– A small,
themed decoration on your serving tray
or along side a self-serve appetizer adds a
during the cocktail hour.
– The bathroom is
likely to be visited by every guest
and is another primary spot to
showcase your festive decorations
tabletop display, hand towels, confetti, and soap
are unique and interesting theme-related items that will captivate.
maximize the impact
of your decorations use a
white tablecloth and white napkins
. Your dinner centerpiece and t
should be the most significant
, by far, for a dinner party. Also, use appropriate
taper, pillar, or votive candles
in the center of your dining table.
Theme-related salt and pepper shakers
, as well as
beverage napkins in the center of each place setting
are nice touches.
Bead necklaces can be used as napkin rings
and also help create a more festive atmosphere at dinner.
Theme confetti really pops
, when sprinkled in moderation
on the white tablecloth
background. If you are using chargers or service plates, place a single piece of confetti at the top, sides, and/or center. Don't forget to remove the confetti if you are using the plates for food.
Do not use decorations or flowers that obstruct a guest’s view across the table. PartySwizzle.com offers a number of coordinated
theme dinner centerpieces
Mexican Fiesta Centerpiece
Hawaiian Luau Centerpiece
Pink Flamingo Centerpiece
Under the Sea Centerpiece
Confetti used sparingly
, in key locations, adds an extra sparkle to decorated areas. Confetti should be used on the
bar top and in the bathroom
to accent these high visibility areas.
Everyone will see the host
, so be sure to get others into the spirit by dressing and
accessorizing your outfit
. Dress appropriate to the style of your party, for super casual wear a grass skirt and coconut bra to your luau, or dress it up with a stylish floral dress and a hibiscus for you hair.
effort you put into "dressing the part"
will set the standard and directly
impact the energy your guests
will put into
your future parties
. And, as always, apply your good taste.
Leis, beads, glow necklaces, flowers
and other accessories let you
decorate each guest
individually. You can also put
colored beads in a bowl
and set them on the bar for an attractive table-top decoration for guests to wear, if they choose.
Hang leis near the entrance
to place around each guests’ neck upon arrival.
– Flowers are a nice touch to any party setting, but
. Choose flowers that
relate to the prominent color(s)
of your decorations.
A single flower
, such as a Gerbera daisy, in the bathroom is
dramatic and relatively inexpensive
- For birthdays add an
extra show of festivity by hanging swirls or streamers
from the ceiling. Also include a
“Happy Birthday” banner
for the birthday cake or treats.
“Happy Birthday” gel letters
are a unique touch for the bathroom mirror.