Inviting friends over for a rather intimate dinner party – followed by a movie night or just a relaxing evening in the living room – can be very exciting. It is one of the best ways to spend a night with close friends and catch up. The occasion can be made even more special when everyone brings a cuisine of their own or spends some time cooking together at your place.
For the party to be memorable, there are a few things to prepare. A good table decoration is certainly one of them. Here are some of the must-have table accessories for one of those intimate parties you’ll be hosting.
An Interactive Centerpiece
Every good dinner party needs a centerpiece. Fortunately, there are some interesting DIY table centerpiece ideas you can try. My personal favorite is a wishing well. You make it by preparing a large bowl or an open vase. As the dinner party starts, give a small piece of paper and a pen to every guest. Ask guests to write down wishes for the guest of honor or other guests and throw the wishes into the bowl. Read the wishes out loud as you enjoy dessert.
An interactive party centerpiece, such as the wishing well, is very easy to make and takes no time at all to prepare. However, the experience of sharing wishes or doing something together can really transform the tone of the party. What started as an intimate dinner party will turn into a night that everyone will remember for years to come.
The Right Appliances
You also need to prepare some silverware and other accessories to make the table look interesting. The best way to do this is by picking a set of placemats to begin with, and then choosing appliances that match. Round placemats are particularly interesting, not only because there are many patterns and colors to choose from, but also because the shape will make the table itself look more unique.
Make sure to pay close attention to the way appliances are arranged too. The table arrangement can alter the mood of the party completely. If you have a theme for the party, sticking with an arrangement that meets that particular theme should be easy. Otherwise, opt with natural themes such as floral or colorful depending on the occasion.
Even when it’s an informal party, or you just want to invite some friends over, it is actually a good idea to spend some time decorating the dining room (or the entire house). The extra ornaments you add to the room will mean so much to guests, especially close friends who are attending the party.
Similar to the centerpiece, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on decorating the dining or living room. There are plenty of DIY ideas you can try, including those that can be turned into games later in the evening. A good set of decorations, paired with the previous must-have items we’ve covered in this article, can induce a lot of laughter and make the occasion very memorable indeed.