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4 Dinner Party Do's and Don'ts To Impress Your Guests!

 4 Dinner Party Dos and Don’ts to Impress Your Guests


christmas themed charcuterie served on a merlot colored resin cheese board

Do you have an event you're celebrating? Are you thinking of inviting friends or colleagues over for a dinner party?

Hosting dinner parties can be overwhelming and tasking, but they can also be incredibly rewarding! 

Where there is no limit to expression at most parties, a dinner party is different. There is a level of decoration, etiquette, organization, and arrangement expected at a dinner party.

From invitations to food, gifts, and party themes, there is a long list of things to arrange and prepare for. The entirety of the party is usually determined by the host, and sometimes the character of the guests.

Want help in making your dinner party positively memorable for your guests? Follow along on our list of dos and don’ts for dinner parties!


  1. Do: Get Memorable Serveware

It is important to know that some dishes or meals have specific ways of serving them. For example, serving charcuterie without using a charcuterie tray or charcuterie platter is not authentic to the cuisine.

The quality and value of the dishes and serveware at your party can really show your guests just how special they are to you.

water with lemon served outside on a resin accented bamboo serving tray

Since your area of expertise may not be event management, it is normal to be confused about the type of wares to use. 

Here at Lynn & Liana we take the question out of “What do I serve my food on?” We carry everything you need to serve the most gorgeous meal to your guests! From charcuterie boards, serving trays, challah boards, and more. With a wide range of designs, colors, and customizable engraving options, your guests will surely leave impressed! To pick out your very own Lynn & Liana serveware visit our shopping page here


  1. Don’t: Overlook the Dietary Needs of Your Guests

Having delicious meals in the finest serveware is pointless if your guests can’t eat them. There will likely be a few guests that have either a food allergy, intolerance, or strong preferences. Ignoring these things could be dangerous.

If you have a vegetarian guest you should provide them with options too. Your dairy intolerant guests may enjoy a bottle of champagne instead of offering them a charcuterie board, or you can simply create a medium charcuterie board for them that replaces the regular cheese with vegan cheese, veggies and crackers.

vegan charcuterie served on an XL grey resin cheese board

Providing a variety of options that will satisfy most of your guests will make for a positive experience, however, don't beat yourself up if you can only do the bare minimum.


  1. Don’t: Pair People Who Know Each Other

Dinner parties are supposed to be fun! It’s a time where people have the opportunity to share interests with one another, make new connections, and gain new friends. Unless you are doing a get-together where there is a lot of catching up to do, don’t pair people together who are already very well acquainted.

Making that mistake will separate the dinner party into groups of caucuses where some are having an enjoyable time and others may feel left out, which is something that would leave a big damper on your party. Having less acquainted people sitting beside each other or paired up for games will ensure that everyone is included and making new connections.


friends sitting by a fire talking and enjoying charcuterie platters along with hot cocoa
  1. Do: Host Games to Spice Up the Dinner Party

Dinner parties may become dull quickly without a game to spice it up. A fun and unique game can leave your guests with good memories that will last forever. Good food and conversation is fun, but games will ensure you get your guests laughing and connecting in a way that will leave your party as the one to beat.

man in a suit at a dinner party

Here are 8 game ideas to inspire you for your next dinner party -

  1. Two truths and a lie
  2. Murder mystery 
  3. Karaoke
  4. Charades 
  5. Name that tune
  6. Minute to win it
  7. Taboo
  8. Apples to apples

There you have it! 4 dos and don'ts for you to keep in mind at your next dinner party. Now you are ready to host the best get together ever! These suggestions and ideas will help your party to be as perfect as possible. By following these dos and don’ts, you can be sure that your guests will be entertained and impressed by your efforts. Good luck with your dinner party preparations!


Happy Hosting!

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