Christmas is the ultimate party season, and the most stylish way to celebrate is by hosting a sophisticated dinner party. From seating plan faux paus to serving dish dilemmas, there are a minefield of pitfalls to be navigated to ensure the perfect party goes to plan. The master of elegance and decadent tableware Elad Yifrach, founder of world renowned luxury brand L’Objet, shares with The LuxPad his top tips on how to be the host with the most this season…
The pulse of any party is the soundtrack. I maintain a few Spotify playlists especially for dinners, and update them often to include new beats. Of course it varies depending on the guests, but generally I like to keep it smooth, modern, and sometimes non-lyrical – set at a volume as discreet (or indiscreet) as the intended dinner conversation.
Step up to the plate
Set the mood when you set the table. Feel free to mix and match dinnerware as an expression of your personality and the intended tone of the evening – be it fun or formal.
Lighten the mood
In my opinion, any dinner or party is better by candlelight. Just be sure there is sufficient light to see the food. Nobody likes mystery meat. Also, avoid scented candles. You don’t need lavender competing with the thyme and garlic in your Coq Au Vin.
The Art of the Seating Chart
Don’t be afraid to take some chances with the seating chart. Who knows what the superstar DJ and the financial genius might have in common? For the place cards, use nicknames or perhaps a cryptic sobriquet relating to the guest’s personality. Shake things up. I always include a place card for my dog Cija – she is man’s best friend after all.
Cut flowers add a vibrancy to any table. An even fresher idea: pots of herbs. Your guests can use them to flavour dishes or add garnishes throughout the meal. For decor, lately I’ve been using items from my library or conversation-starting collectibles (a rock crystal obelisk or a small bronze small sculpture along with some old books).
A la Carte Blanch
Make the meal uniquely yours, whatever you plan to serve. Have fun naming the menu items. Are you serving Steak-frites or Meat & Potatoes? Your call. Hand write each menu for an extra personal touch. You might also reference inside jokes shared between guests – “Soho Sausage anyone?” Guess you had to be there.
Create a specialty cocktail for the evening. Again, have fun with the naming. Also, if you’re not hiring a bartender, it’s always best to have a drink station/bar area where guests can readily help themselves.
As any gentlemen knows, an errant lock of hair or stained tie can nullify an otherwise perfect presentation. As with your personal grooming and attire – always garnish the food so the presentation is on point.
A dandy dinner
When choosing a look for the evening, elegant informality is my go to for dining. Unless you’re receiving an award, never overdress for dinner. Style is essential, but comfort is key.
A fond farewell
If you’ve had a genuinely great time, send them off with a genuine surprise. It needn’t be much – a gourmet chocolate, small/travel size kit with ingredients for a cocktail, vintage book from a flea market (this way each guest get a different one) and make sure to dedicate with a personal message inside the front cover and dating – but a simple gift is a thoughtful memento of your time together.
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