Hostess with the Mostess

I certainly am one for dinner parties. I love hosting parties in general, but due to the fact that I love to cook…adding food to the mix is right up my alley. I am a bit of a perfectionist and love to focus on all the details that comes with.
Whether you are cooking for a small number of people or a large group, inspiration and different ideas are always needed to change things up a bit from your normal routine. I have added some of my dinner party must-haves and inspirational photos found on Pinterest and my favorite blogs.

Dinner party must-haves:

Know your crowd, the amount of food needed and any allergies that you should watch out for
Table cloth/place setting
However you want to decorate your table, make it stand out 
Signature drinks/flavored water
Set up your wine in decanters, drinks in a cute glass, and water with your favorite added flavor (I personally love cucumber and recently basil) 
Flowers displayed
Always a beautiful touch 
Name tags
Help arrange the seating placement and a nice personal touch to the table


Choosing a theme
Perhaps you want this evening to be casual, no theme needed. Just your personal touches and spin on a fun night in with family and/or friends. A theme can always spice things up a bit (example: Movie night, wine and cheese night, A night in Italy, etc.) … have fun with it, you are of course the hostess with the mostess.

Dinner party inspiration:

What did I miss?