The word “party” typically brings up images of people drinking, talking loudly, and catered food. But a party can also be cozy, simple, and stress-free if you plan it right. Partying may be a way of chasing sadness and stress away for some, but more intimate time with friends and family is more comforting. Here are some tips on how to create a stress-free, simple, and cozy evening with your closest friends.
Limit the Number of Guests
Although you can still have a great time with many people, the best way to spend a cozy evening is to invite a maximum of six people. Keeping the numbers small will not make you feel like you are doing much entertaining.
Create the Mood of Coziness at Home
Dinner parties do not mean you are only meant to dine at the table. You can move to the couches and surround your living room with handcrafted natural furniture to level up the lounge mood. Spread blankets and pillows on the floor until it looks like an inviting cocoon.
Make a Potluck Dinner
Are dinner party menus stressing you out? Why not ask your guests to bring in healthy comfort-foods? You may also create a menu and ask your guest to bring in ingredients so you can all prepare the food together. It’s a great way of strengthening your bond with your friends.
Light Some Candles
There is nothing more effective in creating a cozy and warm ambiance than lighting up some candles. There are some non-toxic beeswax candles that you can use to warm up your home while purifying the air too. If you are lucky to have a fireplace, get a fire going.
Play Cozy Music
If you’re hosting a cozy dinner party, forget the metal and the latest pop music. James Brown music is cool, but if you’re not a fan, create a playlist that will put a smile on your faces. Your jive should be something that’s inviting, soft, and soothing.
Get Your Guest to Feel Comfy
Inform your guest to wear comfortable clothes and some fuzzy socks. Let them remove their shoes upon entering your home. Make them feel like they are enveloped in warm clothes, and they can freely move as they relax.
Serve Rustic Food
Keep your modern dinner party humble, slow, and memorable. But opt for simple and rustic meals over posh or pretentious. People love hearty dishes, stews, or soups. You’d never go wrong with finger foods, burgers, or mac and cheese. Whatever you have in mind, it should make you all feel warm and pleasant.
Warm Drinks for Nightcap
There is nothing cozier than having a warm drink to sip from your cup, especially during the colder season. It is not only great for digestion, but it instantly makes a person feel good inside. If you like cocktails, you can prepare spiked drinks with vodka, whiskey, or rum.
Hosting a dinner party should not stress you about your guest’s comfort. Keeping things low-key, cozy, and simple will not only give your guests a soothing time, but it will also be a memorable one. A modern dinner party should also be a time for you to sit back, relax, enjoy the food and the company of your friends.