What is Your Preferred Dinner Party Hosting Style? Explore the 5 Different Types of Dinner Party Experiences

  • August 12, 2023
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What is Your Preferred Dinner Party Hosting Style? Explore the 5 Different Types of Dinner Party Experiences

Entertaining is all about finding the balance between hosting and enjoying. For today’s modern host, there are many ways to host with styles as simple as a few bud vases and take-out to heirloom china and a 3-course seated dinner. Explore five dinner party styles that help keep things fresh and fun for a variety of occasions and every type of host.

  1. Potluck Party Sharing a favorite dish with family and friends can be a fun conversation starter. Elevate a classic potluck by creating a theme and ask guests to bring their favorite dish inspired by the theme. Create ambiance with careful curation, including tablecloth, florals, candles and any other on-theme items. 
  2. Elevated Take Out – Order a catered meal from one of your favorite gourmet markets or restaurants. Have serving platters identified and labeled with sticky notes so your Hostly staff can take care of plating or setting up a buffet for you and your guests to enjoy. Not only is it convenient, but it’s a simple way to elevate your experience and a great way to support local. 
  3. A Multi-Course Meal – Elevate your evening and impress guests with a multiple course meal without doing any of the heavy-lifting. Hostly’s Experience Team can recommend chef partners who can work with you to create a perfect menu. Your Hostly staff will assist the chef with plating and table service throughout the evening. It’s the easiest way to enjoy a gourmet meal from the comfort of your home. 
  4. Heavy Apps – Although some hosts may prefer a classic seated dinner party, your home set up or hosting style may be more casual and laid back. Passed hors d’oeuvres and a menu of heavy appetizers is a great way to keep conversations flowing and guests enjoying. From sliders to skewers and even small bowls, it’s the perfect style for mingling in a more relaxed setting. Hostly staff can pass hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening or set up and maintain a buffet for easy access. 
  5. Family-Style Feast Cozy, communal, and a guest-favorite. Family-style is a great way to cater to a larger group and encourages sharing, storytelling, and savoring the food and the moment. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday with family and friends and even better when you have Hostly staff helping with clean-up.

When it comes to entertaining styles, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Explore different ways of hosting and keep guests coming back for more. No matter your style, be sure to get creative and provide guests with a memorable experience from providing enough food and drinks to exceptional hospitality. Let your Hostly staff take the hard work off your hands by ensuring guests are attended to so you can enjoy alongside them.

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