In your circle of friends, are you known as a stellar entertainer? Perhaps you love looking through cookbooks to see which foods you can prepare for your family and your friends. Are you in the process of doing that now because you are planning to host an elegant dinner party? Maybe there's no special occasion, but you are just in the mood to have a few of your best friends over for an evening of dining and visiting.
Do you already have your menu planned? What about the table decorations? If you are still in the planning stages, you might be looking for new dinner menu ideas as well as decor that can make this event extra special. If that's the case, here are some ideas that might help you to plan a memorable dinner party.
The Dinner Menu - Consider blending traditional foods with exotic ones. For example, have you ever baked Cornish game hens? Having one small baked game hen in the center of each person's plate could be dazzling. Surround the Cornish game hen with wild rice. The exotic part of the meal is the accompaniment which would consist of a salad made from mangoes, papayas, kiwi fruit and other fruits that are not typically from the United States.
For dessert, go with something like a baked Alaska for each person. Because your group is small, it won't be hard to make an individual baked Alaska for everyone. Don't be surprised when there are "ooohs" and "aaahs" as you bring the flaming desserts into the dining area.
The Table Decor - Start with candles. If there is enough space on your dining room table, set as many candlesticks in the middle of the table as you can gather. Then place fresh flowers in crystal vases of different sizes and heights. Add a bit of drama by placing decorative birds at each place setting. When your guests leave, they can take the little birds home with them as a remembrance of your evening spent together.
Pay special attention to your table linens, too. For example, if you have chosen pink decorative birds to go at each guest's place setting, go with a pink linen tablecloth and matching napkins. Since you are a seasoned hostess, you probably already know how to fold napkins in a clever way. If not, just roll each napkin up and tie it with a ribbon that will match the linens you have selected.