I love being the hostess. That is no shocker to anyone that knows me. It doesn’t matter what is going on, I just know that I like when people come over to my house. One thing I really love doing, that I certainly don’t do enough is host a dinner party. I get very excited to use my china, and have people over and have great dinner conversation. But it seems, at least of the people that I know, that the art of the dinner party seems to have been forgotten. I know I certainly have a lot to learn, but I am very willing to try…and I think that’s a good start.
In books I’ve read, and TV shows I’ve watched the main character is invited to a party in which the evening starts out with some cocktails and moves on to a dinner in which they are seated next to a random person, and over the course of dinner they find that the person they are sitting next to is actually interesting…and a contact or a relationship is made. I think that sounds so fun! Having a dinner party that puts different groups of people together that you think would mesh? I guess I don’t know enough people to actually do that, but the idea sounds fun to me. But as a consolation, I have decided to start hosting dinner parties for my friends.
I eventually would love to play the corporate wife role and have my husband’s business contacts and friends over for dinner…but I need a lot more practice before that happens! Plus, our current home can only sit 6 people around our dinner table. So that pretty much limits who I can invite. For now I will stick to cooking with my friends.
How about the dress code for a dinner party? On TV and in Movies the people always dress nice to attend a dinner party. Women in dresses and men in at least nice slacks. Now, when I have people over everyone is in jeans. Is that just how it is? Am I just a victim of the TV shows and Movies I watch? Sometimes I have to remind myself that it’s not real life…but a girl can dream right?
I guess I can forgive the dress code for now…at this point I will focus on getting great friends together for great dinner conversation, good food (at least I hope so) and good wine. I’m bringing back the art of the dinner party! So who’s coming over first? Any takers?
I think it may be the circle of friends that you have. They figure “Hey its dinner at Jen and Evan’s” and so they can be less formal, more casual. I was raised that if you went to someone’s house even just for ‘dinner’ you wore close to Sunday’s Best. I’ve been to a few dinner parties where the hostess let us know ahead of time what to expect in terms of dress. You could give it a try. It is nice to dress up and enjoy one another’s company.
You may be right! My friends might laugh at me but who cares right:) I like to get dressed up!
I love being the hostess as well! Nice post =)
That would be so much fun to have a REAL dinner party, where every one dressed up. I’m sure the gals would totally love it but you would have to sucker the guys into doing it.
I am totally in for a “formal” dinner party. i think between Jeff and Evan’s work friends and our individual circles of friends that we could pull it off. If we stage your house the right way we could have one at your house. Eventually the perfect place for a great dinner party would be the Boss’ house…:0) I don’t think the guys would be so against it. i think secretly they all want to look nice and sharp. Maybe having a theme would help too like “The Great Gatspy” or “Black and white movies” Not sure but it would be fun!
Pam, I hosted a murder mystery party once and I htink it would be great at “you know who’s house!” its fun cause we all got characters we had to play and stuff…it would be a perfect addition to the dinner party. we’ll just have to work on this!
I’m a taker! That sounds great. I feel exactly the same as you. I have tried to be the best host in the neightbourhood. Round my house I’ve tried a comedy night, and a murder mystery night, I even tried to hire a band! but something always goes wrong! I’m so bad at being the host at a party, maybe I should hire a speaker to do the work for me! Next time I am going to just book a show for everyone and get them out the house! Lol. Sometimes it feels like im constantly organising parties! I tell you at the end of the day its worth it, if there was an awards ceremony for hosts, then i would win “host who tries the most!”.