Does the thought of hosting a dinner party, stress you out? Do you find yourself panicking over what serve, which dishes and flatware to set and where to seat your guests?If it does–I feel your pain.. As an event planner, you might think I can throw a dinner party in my sleep, but as a perfectionist, I assure you, that’s not the case In fact, I tend to obsess over every detail, wanting to ensure my dinner guests have the perfect dining experience from start to finish.
The desire to host the perfect dinner party, is a daunting and nearly impossible task, so much so, that by the time I’ve worked out every last detail I’m too exhausted and/or overwhelmed to execute it. Unfortunately this leaves a notebook of fabulous ideas, best intentions and missed opportunities buried in my desk drawer rather than shared and experienced with friends and family.
After attending a number of dinner parties, I’ve come to the conclusion that the greatest take-away is that they were fun. I felt welcome and comfortable from the moment I walked in the door until the evening ended. Where I might have been fixated on the food and the details, the host/hostess that had the most memorable and enjoyable dinner parties were focused on their guests. Attention was on the conversation and the experience.
Remembering this, it dawned on me that the key to hosting a great dinner party is to let go of perfection. This doesn’t mean that you have to fly by the seat of your pants and wing it, but identifying a few areas and executing are the best recipe to an easy going fun dinner party that both you and your guests will enjoy.
How do I throw a fantastic bash without going out of my mind? Follow my new dinner party series: Perfectly Imperfect Dinner Parties! In this series I’ll be exploring some of the following topics:, menu planning, guest lists, and setting the scene. Be prepared to leave with tips and tricks to take the stress and worry out of the dinner party planning process.
Just remember, if you are waiting for perfect to have a dinner party, you could be sacrificing wonderful memories with the people you care about. “Perfect” may never come, so do yourself a favor and focus on the fun! It would be shame not enjoy a good meal with good people because of perfectionism.