This weekend I hosted the 3rd installment to #RashonsDinnerSeries. If you have been keeping up with the events on social media, you may have seen a few images. If you are new, then let me bring you, quickly, up to speed on what #RashonsDinnerSeries is.
I live near Charlotte, NC and while the city is great for so many things, I felt the city lacked a diverse upscale social scene. For the most part you are either inundated, with club parties or fashion shows. I don't club and the fashion shows are a dime a dozen. I have even hosted one.
So after contemplating for a while I came up with the dinner series. I am so fortunate to have a studio in downtown Rock Hill, that I am able to utilize for my business and host events. So I never need to worry about a location and I do is great an inviting atmosphere sell tickets and let a night of great conversation take its natural course.
Ive done these for quite a while even before blogging, so I am going share with you 6 easy steps to hosting a "fabulous" dinner party.
TIP 1: Choose a date. This will help you plan out all of the minor details and give your guests a heads up to decide if they are going to attend or not. Always count on less people showing than those who RSVP. It never fails, at the last minute, people just don't show.
TIP 2: Choose a location. Where you have your dinner party is very important. There are a lot of factors that surround your location. Make sure the location can fit the anticipated number of guests and that it is comfortable for everyone to move around. In my studio As you can see above, I can seat 20 people comfortable at one single table. However, I can add an additional 18 people in the space. Think about what you want to put in the space, whether that be food, a dj, a live band or whatever. Dont put more in the space than you can handle.
TIP 3: Choose your guests...wisely. I remember I invited a few people to a brunch one time. They were soooo quite amongst everyone til it was simply awkward having them there. I was like...no no not again.
TIP 3: Plan out your menu. This is probably the most important tip. If you are having a dinner party without food, its a meeting, not a dinner party. Look for options that will fit your budget and stick with the budget. Thats what it is there for.
TIP 4: Music sets the ton. If your budget does not allow for a DJ or a live band. Put your favorite tunes on your tablet and hook it up to sound system and let it loop the entire night.
TIP 5. Above all make sure you are a gracious host or hostess. Don't forget to add in the magic and some creativity.
Don't forget to share these tips with your friends. Hopefully I will see you at the next dinner party!