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Creating a Memorable Dinner

If you are in charge of putting together a dinner for your friends and family, then chances are pretty good that you would like to make it a memorable one. Believe it or not, creating a memorable dinner is a relatively easy thing to do, as long as you take a little care to do some proper planning. As you are getting ready for your next dinner time event, whether it is a romantic evening for you and your significant other or simply a gathering of friends, consider these guidelines. By following these simple guidelines, you will be well on your way to creating a truly memorable dinner.

  • Choose the menu. One of the keys to creating memorable dinner lies in the menu. This means that you should carefully choose the menu for the evening. Try to choose foods that are either the favorites of those who will be attending, or something that will come as close to appeasing every appetite as possible. Also keep in mind that some menus will convey certain "messages." For example, pizza and hamburgers tend to inspire a level of comfort and informality.
  • Set the stage. Look at the place where you will be having the dinner as a stage. As with any stage, it needs to be set properly to enhance the mood that you are going for. For example, if you would like to have a romantic and formal dinner, then try setting out fine china, crystal glassware, and candles. If you are planning on having a informal, friendly get together, then "set the stage" accordingly.
  • Dress up. The way we dress says a lot about us, whether we want to admit it or not. When creating a memorable dinner, be sure that you have a dress code, and inform those who will be attending as to what it is. For example, for a romantic dinner, you may wan to have you and your partner dress up.
  • Limit interruptions. Particularly for romantic evenings, limiting interruptions is an important element of having a memorable dinner. The message that you are trying to convey is that your dinner partner is the most important person around, and that they are deserving of your total attention. This means that if at all possible, remove any phones, televisions, and other possible interruptions.
 

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Nonni    18 Sep 2014, 20:27
If planning a formal dinner, do employ candlelight at the table rather than the overhead chandelier. Overhead light casts shadows onto your seated guests which can distort or diminish features. They have taken care to be all dressed up so allow them to reveal their best image in the glow of candlelight, and watch their eyes sparkle!
 
 

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