The guests have arrived, the house is primed and polished and you are looking absolutely fabulous, now is the time to let your attention to detail rise to the occasion. Last week, the series began with ideas on how to prepare, this week we’ll share those little details that ensure a fantastic evening is had by each of your guests as well as yourself.
The question always remains, to assign or not to assign, and I have to say, there is no hard and fast rule that must be followed each time. I believe the situation and the people you’ve invited determine if assigned seats are necessary. If however, you would like to take a bit of control, here are a few things I would try to do: separate couples, try to seat each person next to one person they are comfortable with and one person they’d enjoy meeting, seat the big talkers, the life-of-the-party people towards the center of the table (not at the ends) because most likely they will be able to keep the topics flowing all night and try to seat yourself some place other than the head so you can help create conversation.
Now let the dinner party begin! Bring on the food, the friends and the unforgettable conversations filling your home with laughter and tales. I know some people shy away from dinner parties, as they can be exhausting, but if you can create a system that works for you, you will create memories that your guests will remember for years to come. All of the ten tips I have shared this week and last are things that I have found work best for me, but it has been a process. I have had tremendous failures that I look back and ask why did I do that?, but I’ve also had great successes, and it is in the throwing out what doesn’t work and continuing to do what has that will ultimately continually make for better dinner parties in the future. In other words, don’t feel guilty about buying dessert – that was a HUGE revelation for me.
Have a wonderful Wednesday and thank you so much for your support and continued readership of The Simply Luxurious Life.