I’ve been so excited to share this post for a few reasons – number one, I love food and two, nothing is better than a good tablescape. Plus, ever since Trevor and I moved into our house, I’ve been dying to host something – a dinner, a holiday – something!
Well, my dreams finally came true. I hosted my very first grown up dinner party! It was so much fun, but also full of lessons. Here’s my best advice:
Nail down the logistics
This includes things like deciding on the number of people you’re going to invite and the food. I kept things pretty small, since this was my first go at it. I tend to go too big too fast and overwhelm myself, so I didn’t want that to be the case here.
The food–I have such a love/hate relationship with this part because I think it’s fun, but I definitely made some rookie mistakes here. Luckily, I had a plethora of appetizers because I was way behind on the main entrée and we didn’t end up eating until about eight-ish. I recommend overestimating on time instead of underestimating like I did.
The food itself though was pretty awesome if I do say so myself. I made a super basic salad, asparagus and honey chipotle chicken from Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook, Cravings. I highly recommend.
For my décor, I kept things really simple. I described it as “organic” to my friends. The color palette was neutral with a touch of green eucalyptus. (I live for eucalyptus.) My favorite detail of the table, though, was my woven placements. You can style them in so many different ways – neutral or colorful, so I’m sure I’ll be getting lots of use out of them.
I had just ordered some wine glasses and small water glasses from IKEA (they were SO cheap) that I wanted to incorporate so I set the table with them along with some awesome Target $1 section find vases. (I can never get out of the store without checking out that $1 section.)
You don’t need to do anything crazy here, but I suggest putting together a playlist you can just put on without having to worry about have to skip songs. I threw on a Pandora station, but every twenty minutes or so it would stop and ask if I was still listening, which got a little annoying, so definitely make a playlist ahead of time.
If you’re guests are going to be staying later into the evening, I also recommend some kind of board or card game. Depending on your crowd, Watch Ya Mouth can be fun or, I absolutely love The Game of Things.
It might be intimidating, but I highly recommend taking the plunge and hosting your first dinner party! There might have been a few bumps, but I can’t wait to do it again!