Some might call the dinner party a lost art, but gathering family and friends around the table to eat great food, drink fantastic wine and enjoy each other’s company is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays. In fact, creating an elegant, effortless evening to remember is easier than one might think.

Perfecting the dinner party is about putting people at ease and creating an environment that encourages conversation and laughter — the two most important elements of a successful dinner party. So, instead of trying to impress guests with fancy culinary skills or decorating prowess, focus on these five simple tips:

Light can be the life of the party


From glowing centerpieces to sparkling votive candles, elegant party lighting is always a bright idea. Candles set the mood and create ambiance. The subtle beauty of this lighting also leaves room to allow your guests — and conversation — to truly shine.

Let the wine flow

The right wine can perfect the moment, and no dinner party would be complete without it. Greet guests with a bright and beautiful sparkling rose and keep it flowing during the cocktail hour.

During dinner, offer one red and one white wine. Santa Margherita Chianti and Pinot Grigio are two delicious options with wide appeal.


Of course dessert is a food group!


Dessert is the perfect way to end an amazing meal. One way to leave your guests floating on air is to serve a nice helping of angel food cake topped with a Prosecco-infused frosting.

Guests never leave empty-handed

Giving guests a little something to take home when they leave extends the good vibes all the way to their own homes. Say goodnight in a unique way by sending guests away with a bottle of wine or votive candle to re-create the magic in their own dwellings.

Remember to breathe

If you’re having fun, your guests will too. Take a deep breath and, while you’re at it, give your red wine a little air, too. Aerators open up the aromas and flavors, making every sip better.


This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.