Four Tips for Hosting a Dinner Party


A dinner party is a great way to bring friends and family together. Hosting one can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Planning ahead of time and preparing as much as you can before your dinner party will help alleviate any unnecessary stress. Getting organized beforehand and making a seating arrangement are just a few ways to ensure your dinner party goes smoothly. Read the rest of our tips for hosting a dinner party below.

Get Organized!

Make sure you plan what foods and drinks you will be serving as soon as you send out invitations. You can then prepare your shopping list and figure out logistics for cooking the food by looking over recipes. Printing out menus for guests can help communicate what foods you’ll be serving and what drink options they have to choose from.

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Create a Seating Chart

Creating a seating chart is always a good idea, especially if you’re hosting a large dinner party. Figuring out a seating chart can help you determine who should sit next to whom. Conversation can flow more easily if you sit people who have something in common next to one another or if you sit an extroverted guest next to an introverted guest.

Place cards can help make your table more welcoming. They can also make it easier to remember the names of other guests. We have place card templates that you can download, print out and fold. Choose from one of our festive designs for the holidays or one of our simple designs that can be used for any occasion.

Make DIY Paper Decorations

Decorations can help add some fun to your dinner party. Whether you’re celebrating a holiday or a momentous event, decorations help make any get-together feel special. Show off your DIY skills and make your own paper decorations. Ready to make your own? Check out our DIY Party Decorations.

Prep the Day Before the Party

Getting as much done as you can the day before the party will help reduce stress on the day of it. Getting your groceries and other supplies a few days before will help you make sure you have everything you need the day of your dinner party. Look over your recipes again to find out if there’s anything you can make the day before and heat up before guests arrive. Prepping as much as you can in the days leading up to your party will help reduce any unnecessary stress.

We hope these tips will help you plan for your next dinner party. We recommend using Hammermill® Premium Color Copy Cover, 100lb. printer paper for your party templates.

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