Monday, 22 January 2018

Crafting an Ideal Space for the Perfect Dining Experience

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Sure, dining out is a great novelty, but we all love a good dinner party within our own homes too! This could perhaps explain the profound success of shows such as Come Dine with Me or Dinner Date, which see us watching other people around the country host their own dining experiences. Now, if you’ve been watching these programmes and have decided that you’d like to try out the role of the host with the most yourself, have a new recipe that you’d like to try out on a grand scale, have an occasion to celebrate, or simply fancy a catch up with your nearest and dearest, a dinner party is a brilliant way to get everyone together and connecting with one another over delicious food and drink. But before you start drafting up the guest list and begin sending out invites, you need to ensure that you have a space that can not only accommodate your guests, but that will also be functional, practical, and help to create the perfect atmosphere for your event! Here are a few ideas for you to springboard from.

The Dining Table

Increasing numbers of people are opting to eat their meals from their laps in front of the television. Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s most certainly not appropriate for a dinner party. Not everyone will be comfortable with eating from their lap and it’s not conducive to conversation and interpersonal engagement. So, you need to ensure that you have a nice clear dining table with comfortable seats for people to sit at throughout the duration of the meal. This also keeps things more organised and simple, as condiments, a carafe of water, and any bottles of wine can be placed at the centre within easy reach of everyone seated. You can also invest in special tableware for the occasion. Matching dinner service sets, in particular, put across the impression that you’ve put plenty of thought and effort into how you are presenting your guest's meals to them. Also be sure that each person has a napkin of sorts, should there be any spills or dropped food to clear up.

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Lighting can have a profound effect on the atmosphere of any given situation. However, when it comes to dining, it can be the make or break of a comfortable environment to eat in. When people are eating, they want to be able to see what they’re doing, so if the lighting is too dim, they may be put off their food or create a mess. However, you also don’t want blaring light, as people don’t want to feel as though their every move is being watched while they eat. If you are hosting a lunch, you’re in luck. Natural daylight should suffice. However, if you’re hosting a dinner, you should ensure that there is warm ambient lighting and this can always be brightened up a touch with candles.

These two aspects of your dining space may seem relatively minor, but they will make all the difference when it comes to how your guests will receive your food and the event in general. So be sure to bear them in mind!

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