Anytime, Anywhere with Abode: Tips for Entertaining Any Crowd
The perfect party can happen any time with Abode Homewares! Whether hosting a dinner party with close friends or an outdoor garden party for relatives, the right ambience and tablescape are critical to ensure your get-together goes off without a hitch. Check out our tips for hosting and entertaining for any crowd below, including the perfect Abode products to incorporate into your next event.
Hosting a dinner party can be overwhelming, but these tips will help you create an experience your guests won’t soon forget! First and foremost, dedicate some time pre-event to cleaning and organizing your home. It may seem like a no-brainer, but an in-depth cleaning will make sure your guests are comfortable and don’t feel overcrowded by clutter, not to mention it will make extra room to accommodate chairs, tables, and cooking supplies.
To ensure a grand entrance for your guests, you should also set up your table before their arrival. Bring a sophisticated feel to your table by making sure that your tableware colors coordinate with the décor of your home. We also suggest using plate chargers, such as Abode’s Carrara Chargers or our Mixed Material Chargers, to help keep the elegance of the table setup throughout the night and to keep placemats or table linens clean. The marble design of the Carrara Chargers is perfect for a modern home, while our Mixed Material Chargers work for a contemporary home.
When it comes to cooking, plan out all courses ahead of time. Ask your friends if they have any dietary restrictions and have your food prepared or ready to cook before your guests arrive. While it’s tempting to prepare an array of appetizers, we recommend focusing on just 2-4 pieces per guest to save room for the main course. You can also try starting with a simple salad instead. If guests begin to arrive during preparations, try to keep them out of the kitchen to ensure you have the space you need for meal preparation and to keep the meal a surprise. The final touch is playing lighter music and having a good variety of drinks available!
Meeting the In-Laws
Whether you are the soon-to-be significant other or the future mother-in-law or father-in-law, it is important to make the person you are meeting feel comfortable. Try making a meal that isn’t too fancy and won’t be messy to eat. For example, a dish like pasta is more likely to stain clothes and table linens. Again, ensure that you also have a wide variety of drinks available to accommodate every guest.
To keep with the casual and comfortable tone, you don’t have to go overboard on the table design, but you should still make the effort to set up an aesthetically-pleasing setting. Since you will want to spend most of this time getting to know your new family, you should pick a beautiful dinnerware set that is also easy to clean. We would suggest using our French Oak Dinnerware Set with our Simple Jumbo Glassware. Both of these sets are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, plus their beautiful designs offer the perfect amount of elegance for this scenario.
Outdoor Garden Party
Most people think of barbecues when they think of an outside party; however, we think a garden party allows you to enjoy al fresco dining while adding a more formal twist.
When it comes to setting the table, stick to lighter colors or natural-inspired design patterns, such as wood. Elevate the mood by decorating with plenty of flowers and candles. Additionally, make sure to provide comfortable seats at the table, as most of the conversing at these events usually happens here.
Pair the natural touches of your tablescape with the dishes in our Marin Dinnerware Set, which have a wood appearance that will make your guests feel like they are truly part of their surroundings. The plates are lightweight, and the set comes with an included serving tray, which makes carrying dishes in and out simple. Most importantly, they are built for outdoor use and are shatterproof, so you won’t have to worry about uneven terrains.
When it comes to the most important part of the evening, make sure to offer lighter foods such as a salad or finger foods, such as tea sandwiches. When it comes to beverages, your menu can shine with floral-infused cocktails, mocktails or teas. Be inspired by this Summer Iced Tea recipe from Martha Stewart and put your own fun spin on it by adding herbs from the garden as garnish.
Super Bowl Extravaganza
Hosting a get-together for the big game? There’s no need to compete with the teams on screen; the best tip we can give you for a party like this is to focus on the key word “simplicity!”
Keep appetizers simple, such as grilled chicken wings, so that they are easy to eat while watching the game. Also, a full table set up is not necessary here, as most of the time will be spent around the TV (which reminds us, double and triple check that you have everything set up correctly with your television ahead of your party!).
For this entertaining style, you may prefer to set up your food buffet-style in your kitchen for easy serving. We offer a variety of serving platters and bowls for this type of occasion, including our Cobalt Casita 3-Section server and Chip & Dip server, which are perfect for serving and make cleaning up after the game super easy. The bright blue colors will also add a pop of excitement to your set up!
No matter what type of party you’re throwing, keep these tips in mind to help entertain any crowd! What’s your best entertaining tip? Let us know in the comments below!