So you want to host a high-class dinner party but you’re a little stuck for ideas on how to get started? That’s not an uncommon position to be in. When you’re not used to hosting high-class dinner parties, it’s always something of a challenge when you’re expected to do it for the first time. However, you shouldn’t tie yourself in knots over this because it’s actually a lot easier than you might think. Read on to make the most of this guide.


guide to hosting high class dinner parties

Make Sure You’ve Thought About Seating Arrangements

You should definitely give plenty of thought to the seating arrangements at the dinner party because you don’t want people to be left sitting with people that they don’t like. That’s one of those faux pas that you don’t want to commit at a dinner party, so don’t just assume that people can sit wherever because you need to put some real thought into it.

Set the Mood in the Room

The mood in the room also has to be right. That doesn’t mean that there is one type of mood that you should be looking to create. But it does mean that you have to decide on what kind of dinner party you want to host and what the mood should be like at that dinner party. Do you want it to be sophisticated? OR something a little more laid back? It’s up to you.

Buy the Best Champagne

You’re going to need to have a supply of plenty of good champagne if you want to make this a high-class affair that people will remember. Good champagne always goes down well with your guests, you should make it a feature of your party. Look at the champagne selection by Oddbins and see what the best bottles you can afford are.

Put Thought Into Constructing the Menu as a Whole

The menus shouldn’t simply be an individual starter, following by an individual main and dessert. You need to put some thought into the menu and try to create something that actually works as a unified whole. That’s how you create a dinner party menu that people will love and remember for a long time to come. Try to make each course flow into the next.

Keep the Conversation Flowing

Finally, you need to make sure that the social side of things is right. You want to make sure that the conversation is flowing and everyone feels as comfortable as they can at the dinner table. As the host, it is on your shoulders to make this happen and to get this right. Be casual and try to get everyone communicating.

Hosting a big dinner party can be really challenging, but if you put in the effort and really think about what you’re doing, your guest will appreciate it. No one is coming along to judge you; they just want to have a good time, and that’s what you should try to facilitate through your planning.



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I’m Heather, Hetty is a nickname, given to me by my besties daughter. I’m a Social Media Recruiter by day and a foodie by night, weekend and any time i’m not working. My main hobby is searching London for food I find on the Internet.


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