How To Create A Restaurant Dining Experience At Home
Fine dining doesn’t always have to involve eating out. With some simple, subtle changes, you can make your own home feel like a Michelin-star restaurant!
Read on for some helpful tips and tricks to revamp your home for an enjoyable, memorable dining experience for yourself and your guests.
Select A Theme
Transform your dining experience in to a unique and unforgettable evening by choosing a theme that will impress your guests. Appointing a specific theme will help give you direction for the whole evening as you can base your menu, décor and other elements around this. Be it a chilled Chinese banquet, a vibrant Mexican feast, an inviting Italian bistro or a homely pie and peas night, a dedicated theme is sure to dazzle your diners.
Plan A Menu
A theme can ultimately help influence what food you choose to prepare for your guests. For example, a pasta dish or pizza for an Italian night, or tacos or burritos for a Mexican-themed evening. Offering and laying out nibbles and drinks as guests arrive is also a great way to keep them happy and whet their appetites.
For dinner itself, a great starting point is to plan a three-course menu consisting of a starter, main course and dessert. Don’t get overwhelmed with the pressure of cooking each dish from scratch though, as there are plenty of gourmet and high-quality shop-bought options out there to help save time with the cooking and preparation.
Create The Right Ambience
The right atmosphere is vital to the success of any dinner party or dining experience. Splashing out on new interiors or one-time-use decorations isn’t always necessary to create a feeling of luxe and extravagance as little inexpensive additions to your set-up such as decorative candles or floral arrangements are sure to impress.
You should first clear the space you’ll be using, removing any clutter and essentially work at dressing a blank canvas for your evening. Lighting is always important to help set the mood. Rather than the brightness of an overhead ceiling light, using small lamps and dimmed lighting helps to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
Set The Mood With Some Music
Some background music too is a great way to immerse your guests in the atmosphere, Take some time, if you can, to put together a special playlist that best complements your chosen theme. Whether it’s a celebratory event full of energy and fun or a quieter, mellow evening, there are many existing playlists on streaming sites such as Spotify and YouTube that have been specially created for dinner parties. So, if you’re struggling for time and busy with other preparations, these ready-made playlists are ideal!
Impress With Your Table Linen And Dinnerware
Your choice of linens and dishware can really make a difference to a dining experience. Using real china and impressive silverware can help elevate your table settings and impress your guests. And when it comes to your table linen, there are countless options out there. From classic plain designs, all-over rose patterns and satin-band options, here at Vision Linens we have a variety of tablecloths and napkins to suit a range of settings and interiors. With a large selection of colours to choose from too, we are sure to have linens that will be perfect for your chosen dinner party theme or event.
Dress The Part
A dining experience, be it for just two people or for a larger party, can be made all the more special by implementing a dress code or themed attire. Fancy wear for a formal dinner helps massively contribute to the overall atmosphere of an evening. Many people would also agree that it’s nice to ‘dress up’ from time to time, especially when an occasion allows for the opportunity to. So why not dust off those stylish shoes and break out that outfit you’ve been saving for a special occasion?