5 Inspired Hostess Ideas to Plan the Best Dinner Party

Be the hostess with the mostess with our inspired hostess ideas that will make you the host and toast of the season! Plan food items made with organic or all natural ingredients avoiding any artificial flavors or colors that serve as fillers so you can provide your guests with an authentic food experience to indulge in.

1. Choose a Theme

Get creative and create an ambiance for your guests they'll never forget. 

Select a theme, location or venue that will give more character to your idea, have guests come dress in a specific color, style or theme and choose decor that will match and highlight your theme whether rustic, glitzy or right out of a movie, your guest will admire the time and energy you've put in to develop a fun and engaging idea. 

 Photo via: The Cinderella Project

Photo via: The Cinderella Project

2. Design a Menu

No dinner party is complete with out an inspired menu full of savory, healthy and colorful options sure to please even the pickiest of guests.

Serve your guests family style, buffet style with portioned servings or have your party catered which will allow your guests to feel catered too while allowing you to focus on other aspects of the event.  

Include a selection of meats (organic or Kosher options are our preference), vegetarian variations (including some that do not include cheese) and mini versions of your favorites for a fun and involved way to serve your guests.

Display menu options for guests and brief ingredients list so guests are aware of any allergy items. 

 Photo via: Style Me Pretty

Photo via: Style Me Pretty

3. Get Organized

Stay on top of your party planning with organization designed to help you keep track of all the things to consider for the party and also give you a better picture of what is left to be done, itemize your budget and remember any necessary last minute details.

Add guest lists, menus, decor ideas and entertainment options to help you plan and stay on track with your party planning. 

 Photo via: Just Lovely

Photo via: Just Lovely

4. Plan a Surprise or Entertainment

Add a special surprise to your dinner party like a stylish dessert bar, sundae station, cotton candy or popcorn bar or provide guests with a spa experience, have a band play, provide a games room or host a movie screening.

Any way you choose be sure that your surprise or entertainment will allow all your guests to be included and have additional options for any children.

 Photo via: Real Photography

Photo via: Real Photography

5. Host the Party

Whether you host on your own, with friends or have a chef and hire wait staff to cater to your guests be sure to mingle, check in with guests and take time to chat with the people who took the time to be with you!

Before the party, be sure you have all aspects of the party under control if you don't, don't panic, ask for help and take things step by step you'll accomplish more with patience that will help you focus on your plans and host a party to remember.

Provide your guests with the ultimate experience and send them home with party favors that will have them ready to return for the next party. No effort is too small enjoy, relax and be the hostess with the mostess!

 Photo via: Colin Cowie Weddings

Photo via: Colin Cowie Weddings