Over this past weekend, we had a few of our friends over for a dinner party. I know hosting dinner parties are not for everyone, but honestly I just love it. Getting to pick the menu, having my house all warm and cozy, and a beautifully set table just makes my heart happy,
I think the reason most people do not like to host is simply because they are afraid to. If you don’t do it often, then it can seem intimidating. It doesn’t have to be this way though!
In my humble opinion, I like dinner parties best when they are an elegant casual. Nothing fussy or over the top. Just some sweet simplicity and good food is always best. This all starts with the table setting that you choose.
I used to do huge table settings, but then I would often get embarrassed because I felt that I was trying too hard. It also made people uncomfortable because they didn’t want to mess anything up.
After a few of these parties, I decided to take the more simple route. Now, whenever I host, I use this method: a bouquet of flowers in the middle with a couple of candles on either side.
I might do two bouquets and three candles, but you get the idea. Or a pumpkin for fall and a bowl of pinecones in the middle for Christmas. Candles and something from nature are really all you need. 😉
For the flowers, you don’t need to go to a florist. Instead, I prefer grocery store flowers. They are just as beautiful and nobody will ever know, plus they are cheaper. 😊
The vase is just a cheap one I found at big lots of all places, thanks to Instagram! The candleholders are simple ones from Target.
For this dinner party, I decided to let the flowers really pop and use all neutral linens and dishes.
We were serving spaghetti, so these shallow bowls were best. I love to use all white dishes because they go with everything and every season!
Throughout the week, we are a paper towel family. On the weekends though, we like to make it a little fancier and use real napkins instead. It’s not expensive to do (I picked these up at world market for cheap) and you can just throw them in the wash when you do your next load of whites. It’s an easy way to make things a little more special.
I also like to use a table runner that I switch up through the seasons. The wider, the better because I’m not a huge fan of placemats.
All put together, it is classic and timeless, yet still staying within a budget.
Your guests will also feel right at ease, which is a win for everyone.
Later this week, I will be sharing my tips for easy entertaining as well as printables and how to build a cheese board. For now, thanks for reading!