Growing up, my childhood and teenage years were filled with my parents throwing dinner parties at our homes in Singapore and Kuwait. My mom would plan each event a week or so in advance, come up with a 3 or 4 course menu (running it past my Dad) and then with the help of our maids (& me!) set the table and make sure everything was perfect for their imminent arrival.
I was taught from a very young age how to correctly set a table using special dining sets, how serving plates should be positioned and of course, the correct table manners (soup is a nightmare!) and of course the all important seating arrangement. You wouldn’t want to be sat next to someone you thought was utterly boring for the entire night, would you? No.
Guests would arrive which then made my mom run around the kitchen like a looney while shouting at me to come help her & would not calm down until dessert was served. My mom always wanted to throw the best parties and she did. I’m not just saying that cause she’s my mother.
I’m also surprised looking back that we had enough space with the dining table and chairs. Every time a new Dinner Party was arranged, the amount of people would grow and grow, it started with a couple before growing to 6! Don’t get my started on the Pool BBQs…. that’s a whole different story altogether!
Now I’m a fully fledged adult; I’m morphing into my mother. I love nothing better than cooking during the weekend, experimenting with new food and thinking up in my head how my own Dinner Parties would look. Hey, don’t look at me like I’m a weirdo. It’s the “in” thing… right? I’m addicted to searching for inspiration on how to design my own place (no rush!) and love these designs and layouts below. Very light, airy with lots of room for the mass amount of food!
I haven’t quite reached the “I’m throwing a Dinner Party” stage yet, living in the Suburban Wilderness doesn’t make it easy. Dinner Parties are so much easier living in the City!
Do you throw Dinner Parties? Let me know!