how to throw a dinner party

I’m reading a new book and, in it, I came across some simple, lovely ideas for how to throw a dinner party. My source is The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making by Alana Chernila, New York: Clarkson Potter, 2012.

I quote from page 68: “The table is number one: handwritten place cards (sometimes written by children for extra charm), cloth napkins rolled with a bow of twine to conceal stains, a dessert spoon laid above the plate. We learned to space out a dinner that on any other night we would have eaten all at once. Courses slow down the whole experience, and the luxury of time is one of the real differences between an ordinary dinner and a dinner party. When it comes to food, the smallest tweaks make the everday extraordinary.”

From the section quoted, I compiled this list for dinner party success:

(1) handwritten place cards

(2) cloth napkins, rolled, tied with twine

(3) dessert spoons placed above the plates

(4) foods served as individual courses to slow the pace of dinner

(5) dishes altered slightly to enhance them in a special way

So, the next time you want to have new acquaintances over to get to know them better, why not follow these guidelines to make the evening special? We can all do this! Won’t it be fun?

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