How to Host a Magazine-Worthy Dinner Party
Your friends are coming over for dinner, and you’re dying to impress them. Have no shame—inflicting jealousy is a normal desire for most hosts. But where to start? Crafting the perfect menu helps, but setting the mood has an even bigger impact. Have you ever tried eating a Michelin-starred meal while sitting on a plastic chair under fluorescent lights? We didn’t think so. The right lighting, beautiful tableware, and expertly arranged centerpieces are all part of the ceremonies of dining, especially when your inspiration photos were ripped straight out of a glossy magazine. Shock and awe your guests by following these tips and setting one epic table.
If a magazine-worthy dinner party isn’t the time to boast your finest china, earthenware, or vintage champagne coupes, when is? If you’re worried about items breaking, have no fear; guests will be on their best behavior when your table looks its best.
Do you ever see a soda bottle, Saran-wrapped dish, or paper towel on Martha Stewart’s dinner party tables? That was a rhetorical question. Forego the disposables on your table by pouring drinks into glasses and plating food in the kitchen.
An underwhelming flower arrangement is a red flag for a non-editorial dinner party. Instead of one small arrangement in the center of the table, fill the space with multiple arrangements, a long garland, or dozens of bud vases. That way, every guest will see some foliage.
Because a dinner party is only as successful as the conversation, place a conversation piece or two on the table. This could be a sculptural item like a Kelly Wearstler objet d’art, or a natural element like a geode. Gatsby knew parties are all about impracticality.