Fun Things to Do at a Dinner Party

Cheryl Cirelli
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There are many fun things to do at a dinner party that will delight your guests and turn the evening into something unforgettable.

About Dinner Parties

Dinner parties are a great way to bring a group of people together to enjoy good food and conversation. They can be a formal sit-down dinner or a casual potluck among friends. The possibilities are endless. Choose the type of party that best suits your personal style and your guests' preferences to make the party an enjoyable event for all attending.

Fun Things to Do at a Dinner Party

Once you have decided to hold a dinner party, add a few elements of fun to the night to surprise your guests. Add some adventure to your evening with fun ideas such as:

Break The Ice

If you invited guests who don't know one another, start the party off with an icebreaker to relax your guests and get them acquainted. A great idea is the game "Message Under The Plate." Write a phrase on a small slip of paper and place it under each guest's dinner plate. Be creative and funny and use phrases that you and your guests will enjoy. Before dinner begins, ask each guest to incorporate the phrase under his or her plate during normal conversation. Make it a contest, and whoever uses the phrase last loses. Let the guests figure out what the phrases are and guess as the dinner goes on.

Dinner Party Wine Tasting

A wine tasting at your party is a great way to mix up the night. Serve different foods and cheeses along with the wines, and give your guests an unforgettable experience. Cheese and crackers and fresh fruit are great choices to serve with wine as are many appetizers. Choose a hearty mix of what your guests may prefer. As you serve each wine, give your guests a brief background of it and add in what food pairs well with the wine. For a special touch, send your guests home with a bottle of wine.

Game Night

Turn your dinner party into a game night. Game are a great way to get to know each other better as well as a great way to start conversation. Trivia games can be played around the dinner table and are fun for everyone. Design questions that your guests will enjoy answering.

Creative Food Ideas

Some other fun things to do at a dinner party are for guests to create their own foods or desserts. After dinner, set up an ice-cream bar and let guests create sundaes. Set out a variety of toppings such as fresh fruit, whipped cream, nuts and candy for your guests.

A progressive dinner party in an interesting concept to consider. If you are having a dinner party with your neighbors, simply start at one person's house for appetizers, then move to the next house for dinner, then finish somewhere else for dessert.

Choose a Theme

Themes are fun to incorporate into a dinner party. Decorate your home to match the theme and serve food that fits into it as well. For example, have a Mexican fiesta and serve your guests tacos, fajitas and margaritas. Decorate with colorful streamers and maybe a festive piñata. Some other themes to consider for your dinner party are:

  • Hawaiian luau
  • Beach
  • Barbeque
  • Italian
  • Chinese

Final Thoughts

There are many fun things to do at a dinner party other than just eating! Be creative with your choices and give your guests an experience they will never forget. Know your guests and their preferences and incorporate those into the evening along with your own personal touches.

Fun Things to Do at a Dinner Party