Fine Dining Made Easy: 4 Ways to Host the Perfect Outdoor Dinner Party

July 26, 2021
There’s a lot to think about when you're hosting an outdoor dinner party, so plan ahead and take the extra time to prepare. Embrace your ‘hostest with the mostest’ side and have fun creating the ultimate party with your guests.

One of the best parts of summer is all the wonderful opportunities for entertaining. Whether it’s for an official holiday or Outdoor dinner parties have been full steam ahead all summer long, and they’re not dying out anytime soon. Though teeming with excitement, hosting and creating an unforgettable experience for your guests can be overwhelming. From food to tableware to ambiance, each element helps create a magical experience. Lucky for you, we have 4 ultimate tips to make your guests swoon at your next dinner party.

#1 Plan a luxurious, but effortless menu.

Contrary to popular belief, an incredible menu doesn’t have to be complicated! You can make the process easier by precooking the side dishes, so you only have to focus on the main dish the day of . 

If your guests prefer steak, the Central Market Butcher shop has an array of USDA Prime steak cuts to choose from like lean Filet Mignon, New York Strips, and dry-aged Cowboy Ribeye. Or you can make it a surf and turf evening and choose from our South African lobster tail or steelhead salmon fillet. Think about the way the dishes fit together and how they contribute to the mood of the evening.

#2 Focus on the atmosphere.

The great thing about entertaining in the summer Aside from the menu, the ambiance and atmosphere of your outdoor dinner party is crucial. When your guests arrive, they should feel immersed into a fine-dining experience and forget that they are just in a backyard or on a patio. Take special note of lighting, whether it’s stringed outdoor lights from tree to tree, candlelight throughout the tables, or lanterns across the foliage. Lighting is one of the easiest, and cost-effective, ways to create an enchanting atmosphere your guests won’t forget.

#3 Don’t forget to dress the tables.

Dinnerware, linens, and glassware are a few items that can’t be forgotten at a dinner party. Elegance is key, so opt for melamine, tin, or acrylic pates versus paper or disposable. Similarly, we recommend fabric napkins and linens to really dress up your table. Focus on textures and fabrics that fit seamlessly into the theme of your outdoor dinner party.

#4 Bring fine dining to your backyard.

If people remember one thing about their dining experience, it’s the meal. Food is the cornerstone of a dinner party and can greatly enhance a guest’s dining experience. 

That’s why we love our Luxury Meal Kits because they bring fine dining to you, wherever you’re hosting your party. Meal kits are chef-crafted, cater to all preferences, and come with easy-to-follow instructions to bring your menu hopes and dreams to life.

There’s a lot to think about when you’re hosting an outdoor dinner party, so plan ahead and take the extra time to prepare. Embrace your ‘hostest with the mostest’ side and have fun creating the ultimate party with your guests.

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