Event Planning Blueprint

A dinner party with family, friends, coworkers, or business associates, is always an enjoyable time, however, when you are the one who has to plan a formal dinner party it can be very stressful making the plans and decisions that will satisfy all of the guests. If you are planning to make your formal dinner party experience easier and more enjoyable, I suggest you to check the guide below.

Dinner Party Budget

It is essential to create a proper budget for your formal dinner party. You should consider such expenses as dining room rental if you are hosting the party at a restaurant, music, food and beverages which includes liquor and wine, table decorations, etc. Remember, your expenses will be based on the number of dinner party attendees. For a formal dinner party, 8 to 10 guests is a good number. The goal should be to have a group that mixes well together.

Formal Dinner Party
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SEE ALSO: Throwing The Perfect Dinner Party


You need to decide what you will be serving at your formal dinner party. The menu should contain food that all of the guests should enjoy. Consider guests personal preferences such as vegetarian. You should find out if anyone has any food allergies.  Choose dishes that can be pre-prepared ahead of time so that there is not a rush to try to cook everything during the dinner party. Decide how you want the food served such as a buffet or hiring serving staff to serve guests at the table. How formal the party will be is a main consideration when deciding how the food will be served. For instance, a sit down dinner is more formal than a buffet style dinner.

For formal dinners, elaborate menus and quality dinnerware are often chosen. Plan to serve two to three appetizers, salad, main course, and two side dishes or vegetables. A scrumptious dessert will complete the dinner. With a formal dinner party, it may not be wise to serve really spicy foods or foods that may be considered a little too exotic.


You must decide the type of alcohol you will serve at the dinner party. For instance, will you choose white wine or red wine? or both? Also, will you serve liquor?  You may want to check with your guests about their preferences. Serving coffee with dessert is a good choice. Don’t forget to put out the ice bucket for the spirits.

Invitations and RSVP

Once you have pre-planned your dinner party and you have a list of guests you will be inviting, it is time to send out the invitations. The invitations should be professional, formal, and attractive. They should be sent out a couple of weeks in advance of the date of the formal party. The invitations should include: date, time, your address, and contact information. You should give details of the event and if guests are required to bring anything. Make sure you request an RSVP so you know how many people are attending.

Formal Party Decor

Easy listening music is always popular at a formal dinner party. For added ambiance you can display a few lit candles plus decorative table center pieces. Simple fresh flowers are very lovely. When coordinating the tablecloth, place mats, and napkins, don’t have conflicting colors or patterns. Plain white napkins always look elegant.

As the host of a dinner party, it is a nice gesture to provide guests with cute little gifts at their table. When planning the party, don’t try to be too formal and elaborate. Elegant and a sociable atmosphere are important to having a successful formal dinner party. Creating the perfect formal dinner party just takes a bit of research, planning, and creativity. – EventChecklist.net