16 Millennial Updates To The Classic Dinner Party

Diply 13 Apr 2018

Dinner parties don't have to be boring. They can actually be awesome, filled with endless glasses of whatever you want, and delicious, home-cooked food (or delicious, ordered-in and reheated food). It's your house: No one's judging! Wear your sweats if you want, amirite?

Sounds great and all, except how does someone even begin planning a dinner party their peers will actually forgo a night with Netflix for? We found some of the best tidbits of advice for planning a great gathering and used them to create the ultimate guide. Be the hostess with the mostest in no time, and with no prior experience either.

1. Figure out the amount of people on the guest list.

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Do you want it small and intimate, or an entire circle of friends, their friends, and their significant others? The amount of people attending makes a huge difference in the rest of the planning. So, figure that out first.For those who haven't hosted a dinner party, consider starting small to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

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2. Consider hosting during the week, rather than the weekend.

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There are benefits to both, so prioritize here. On one hand, hosting on the weekend might mean drinking a bit more and everyone might be a tad more relaxed. But, on the other hand, hosting during a weeknight means people leave at a decent time, and coming right from work could be easier for some people than planning a whole day around it.

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3. Send out personal invitations (at least one week ahead).

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Okay, okay, this is a modern millennial dinner party, so print invitations are optional. To be honest, it might seem a tad old-fashioned. But, just don't send out a mass text because it comes off as impersonal. Send a message to each person on the guest list, and add a cute gif or two.

You could also download an e-card, and send those out for a more visually appealing invite.

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4. Craft a signature cocktail, or at least have a few good bottles of wine on hand. Put them out for everyone to access. 

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No BYOB, folks. This isn't a house party, and alcohol can be continuous, but you should still keep things classy.

So why are you putting them within arm's reach of your guests? You don't want to spend your whole night refilling drinks and running around, duh.

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5. Decide if it'll be more of a traditional sit down dinner with appies, or more of a potluck.

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Going for more of an old-school dinner, with a cocktail hour where everyone picks at apps, and then is seated and served the main course? Consider asking someone for help!

Of course, it can be a bit more casual, with a buffet or a potluck. This might be a better option because everyone can choose what dishes they'd like to indulge in.

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6. Take specific diets, lifestyles, and allergens into consideration upon creating the menu.

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We are all more than familiar with the specific lifestyles people follow these days: vegan, gluten-free, keto, etc.

Make sure to note anyone who follows one of these, or has a food allergy, and make sure there are option(s) for them on the menu!

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7. Master at least one signature dish that'll impress anyone.

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This is a fundamental of learning how to cook: Create one signature dish that you can make, and make it well. Something simple, or a bit more complex, doesn't really matter as long as it is a solid meal that everyone will enjoy!

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8. Prepare the food ahead of the time, as much as possible.

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If you're putting in effort, space it out so you're not swamped. You don't want to be parked in front of the oven for your own dinner party, and preparing the food ahead of time will allow you to actually enjoy your guests.

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9. Don't feel bad for not cooking and baking everything that you serve.

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Listen, we're attempting to adult here, but we're not perfect. Even self-proclaimed master chefs are bound to be overwhelmed with the amount of food, drinks, and preparation that goes into hosting a dinner party...and grabbing pre-made snacks and appsisn't going to ruin the night. Promise.

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10. Dress to impress, and remind everyone to do the same.

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Don't go out renting a gown or anything, but upgrade from the standard leggings and a baggy, oversized tee. Throw on that nice dress or pair of slacks that don't get out enough, and throw them on with a nice shoe!

Nothing too high, though. Don't wanna fall in front of everyone, which admittingly, I would totes do.

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11. Nix the television, and opt for cool, chill music instead.

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You might normally chow down on dinner while watching Bob's Burgers, but for the sake of the ambiance, don't. Instead, turn off the television and put on a good background playlist. Something chill, slow, and enjoyable. There is even a Dinner Party Essentials Playlist on Spotify.

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12. Ensure the ambiance is on-point.

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When it comes to dinner parties, presentation is absolutely everything. Grab a simple, solid tablecloth or table runner for the dining room table (or coffee table!), and make sure that all silverware, plates, and glasses match (at least sorta). These simple things make such a big difference!

Of course, a bouquet of flowers or two along with coordinating table decor will make it look even more elegant, clean, and put-together.

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13. Take photos for the 'gram but also be sure to unplug and have good conversation.

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Of course we have to prove that we're adulting via social media, and share a snap of our fab friends, a good glass of wine, and a beyond delicious dish. But, dinner parties are primarily about conversation and spending time with those we care about. So, after a photo or two, put the phone down and make a point to not pick it up again until the end of the evening.

You can even make the person who reaches for their phone first do dishes!

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14. Pair the main dish with a complimenting glass of wine.

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Consult the internet or someone at a wine shop for a bottle that would pair well with the meal.Those who want to go the extra mile can even get a few, perhaps one for each main course or side dish, and write it all on handprinted menus. Not gonna lie, I don't know if I would go through that much effort when I know my friends are gonna drink the wine regardless, but...

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15. Don't be afraid to accept help from that one organized friend in your group (especially when it comes to cleanup).

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You know, that one rare friend who always has her life (and her apartment) together who will offer her help without asking? Yeah, take her up on that. Dishes can pile up after a night like this, and tackling them with two people will make a huge difference.

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16. Don't be afraid to kick people out.

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Your place, your rules. If you're done with the night, you know what to do! Don't be afraid to tell people's it's time to say, "Byeeeee."Pat yourself on the back. You did the thing.

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