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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
Dinner Party Planning Guide: Lighting Tips
warm and inviting ambiance
overhead lights on a low dimmer setting, indirect lighting, and candles
. If you do not have a rheostat (dimmer) switch in your dining room, install one now.
A dimmer switch on overhead lights in the dining
room is required for dinner parties.
Never use fluorescent lighting
, which is extremely
and will make any room feel
cold and unwelcoming
. This includes your kitchen--use indirect lighting without fluorescent bulbs in the kitchen as you are preparing food.
Use indirect lighting
Install dimmer switches on overhead lights
No fluorescent lights
votive candles with dim lighting in the cocktail-hour area
. They provide warm indirect light and there is really
to how many you can add to a room. Votives are also much
safer than regular candles
, because the flame is protected by the glass holder.
Depending upon your theme,
candlesticks and/or votives are a must
for the dinner table. Use these in conjunction with dimmed overhead lighting and other indirect lighting. During dinner the
lighting should be soft, but bright enough to see other face
s at the table.
Be sure to only use
unscented tapers and votives at the dinner table
. Scented candles will interfere with the aroma and taste of food.
scented candles are suggested for the cocktail area and bathroom
. Be sure to choose the
same scent for all of your candles
to avoid competing smells.
Be sure all steps and
pathways are well lit
, indoors and out. Inspect and add any necessary
outdoor lighting for safety
White glow stick
s can be used for
Use votives in the cocktail-hour area
Use candlesticks and/or votives on the dinner table
Use unscented candles in the dining area
Use scented candles in the bathroom
Light pathways and steps for safety