According to Charles MacPherson, an expert butler for some of the world’s most opulent households, entertaining and manners should be a natural part of life. In his book, “The Pocket Butler: A Compact Guide to Modern Manners, Business Etiquette and Everyday Entertaining,” he shares insights on how to throw the perfect dinner party without hiring a chef or event planner.
Four Tips for Success
The key to hosting a successful dinner party is attending to your guests and ensuring all their needs are met. By doing so, you are fostering an ideal climate for them to relax and have fun. For your next event in your luxury Camelot Home, consider following these helpful tips.
- The Game Plan: The first thing you need to do is determine the kind of event you are hosting. Is it a family party or business gathering? Is it formal or informal? This will establish parameters to successfully execute the event.
- Determine Seating Arrangements: This should be done for both formal and informal events. By doing so, you will avoid guests with conflicting personalities accidentally sitting next to one another. This will also create an optimal environment for uplifting conversations.
- Keep it Simple: If you do not have a chef, complicated menus will generally fail. As the host, it will be difficult to cook throughout the party while allowing enough time to mingle with your guests. To simplify, consider having the food catered so you can spend as much time with your guests as possible.
- The Little Things: Your guests will appreciate your attention to detail. For example, menu cards are a great way to communicate with your guests and let them know what to expect. Adorn the table with fresh flowers and have classical music playing in the background. Also consider giving your guests a small parting gift as a memento of the evening.
The next time you want to entertain in your luxury Camelot Home, do so with class and style. Follow these simple tips and give your guests an evening they won’t forget. Soon, they’ll be asking about your next event.
If you’d like to see examples of inviting spaces in which to entertain guests, look no further than Camelot Homes—the Valley’s premier luxury custom home builder. Stop by any of our models today to see what we can do for you.