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Moving home is probably one of the most stressful times of your life, especially if you have children underfoot while you go. Once you have settled into your new house and everything is unpacked, you should turn your attention to your housewarming event!
Not many people move into a new home without some sort of party or event to show off their home, and rightly so! Hosting a party or a dinner party is a rite of passage when you purchase your first home, and a dinner party is the classier event for most. There are some rules when it comes to hosting a dinner party and etiquette is so important for the host. Guests would hopefully know the rules of etiquette when they attend a dinner party, but as you are the host you need to ensure you are ready. So, do you know the rules? It’s time to get familiar.
- Have An Appropriate Space. No TV dinners, please! A dinner party requires a proper area to serve food and ensuring you’ve headed to a dining table and chairs sale after you move in is a necessity. Don’t invite more people than you have chairs, as there’s nothing polite about having people sitting on the sofa as overspill.
- Lateness = NO! As a host, it’s important that the event begins at the time you have dictated it to begin. Your guests should show up on time and if they cannot, they should be giving you plenty of notice. This is a dinner party, so the times of the courses being served will be set. Make sure you are ready for the start of the evening!
- Steer The Conversation. There are some dangerous topics when you have an eclectic mix of people at a dinner party, such as politics and religion. You have to be the person to engineer the conversation into safer waters so as not to offend anyone. It’s nice to debate, but not to argue.
- Stock The Bar. You won’t just be sitting down to a meal, so base your wine and champagne purchases on the number of guests. Also, ensure you offer soft drinks to those who want them as an alternative. Ice water at the table is a must, and you should be prepared to offer alternatives as well.
- Get Some Help. You’ve spent the day preparing the meal and the canapes, so to be able to enjoy the evening as a hostess you could hire in some professional help to serve up the meal and drinks to your guests.
- Have An End Time. You’ll be hosting at your home, so it’s important to have an end time written on the invite. It is nice to have people over until the early hours, but if you want to have a set time don’t feel bad for dictating one.
A dinner party should be a fun, happy and joyful event, especially when showing off your home. Get the games, the food and the drinks ready and relax together!