4 Tips for hosting a dinner party

by Maryann Ross Levanti 01/15/2023

Hosting a dinner party can be as malleable a process as you choose to make it. Depending on the occasion, level of formality or food involved, the process might seem daunting. However, there are plenty of ways to make sure your party is a perfect success.

Here are five basic tips for hosting a great dinner party:


Make a guest list

When thinking about whom to invite to your party, consider the size of your home and where you plan to focus your attention. For example, when hosting a formal dinner party, you may wish to invite only a few guests to comfortably fit at your dinner table. A sprawling outdoor barbecue, however, allows you more flexibility to invite a crowd.


Send invitations

Whether through text, email, social media or a card in the mailbox, the party invitations should go out well in advance of the event. This gives your guests enough time to plan or ask questions. Make sure to include important details like directions, timing and food suggestions.


Plan a menu

The more planning you do, the less stress you’ll have during your party. This is especially true for your menu. Plan what you want to cook and serve at your party, and make sure you have the proper ingredients available. For added security, try any unfamiliar recipes beforehand.


Create atmosphere

Once you’ve established the details of your dinner party, focus on setting the scene. Create an atmosphere to enhance the experience, but not draw away from it. For example, festive string lights create a sparkling ambient light your guests will enjoy all night long.

Dinner parties can seem intimidating. However, the more planning you do before your guests arrive, the better chance you have at a successful dinner party. Keep these basic tips in mind when preparing for your next gathering.

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Maryann Ross Levanti

I'm Maryann Ross Levanti, looking forward to meeting you and helping you find your new home and/or sell your current one. I've lived in Fairfield County the majority of my life - grew up in Westport, (Coleytown, Coleytown, Staples), undergrad at UPenn, masters from Edinburgh, Scotland. I'm ABR and GRI certified, and hold a broker's license in real estate, as well as a provisional appraiser license. Additionally, I am the exclusive agent for CCO Habitats - a HOBI award winning building company which regularly offers new construction homes as well as renovated homes to the market in Westport. In my 20 plus years of selling homes, I've learned many things - among them - the customer is not always right. Nor am I. However, if we work together we have a much better chance of being correct and either getting your home sold or finding the home that best suits your needs. Yes, I'm outspoken and opinionated. But anyone with a license can open a door - wouldn't you rather have doors opened by someone who actually tells you the truth and is willing to put her years of experience and knowledge into working 24/7 for you to help you understand what you're getting into? You may not always like what you hear, and there are no crystal balls in this business. But I believe an informed decision is always better. Hopefully you do too! As a yearly winner of the Connecticut Five Star Realtor award and frequently repeated recipient of customer service awards indicate; my priority is you, my client, and my clients appreciate it. Put my local knowledge, professional skills, ethics and dedication to work for you - give me a call 203.984.5157.