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As the seasons change gatherings with friends will change too, morphing from backyard grilling to indoor dinner parties.
I don’t know about you, but I always find the switch a little intimidating. Hosting your friends takes a bit more planning when you have to coordinate beyond simply throwing a few steaks on the grill and turning the sprinklers on for the kids.
And when hosting multiple families, how to keep the kids from bouncing off the walls while the parents enjoy a glass of wine and a cheese plate is often no simple task.
As always, we’re here to help.
All you need are good friends, good eats (we won’t tell if you get takeout!) and these dinner party basics, brought to you by yours truly in partnership with Evite and Scotch-Brite™ Extreme.
Step 1 – Plan to Make it Fun for the Kids Too!
This is ALWAYS rule #1. The more fun the kids are having, the more occupied they’ll be, and the more time the grown ups will have to relax and talk.
Let me say right now that dinner parties are one time I happily throw my screen time rules out the window. Almost nothing is more thrilling to kids than a bonafide movie night (have them bring or wear their PJs to make it extra special).
We usually encourage free play for at least an hour or so when everyone first arrives (kids LOVE playing with other kids’ toys). Then we always feed all the kids together first.
Once they’re done, we set them up with a movie (or two!) and it’s the adults turn to sit down and enjoy some good eats.
If you need an engaging, and relatively mess-free, activity to keep the kids busy before dinner, a solid coloring station never fails. Set out some shiny new crayons, a few stickers, and lots of free printables from this site and you’ll be good to go.
Step 2 – Send out a Fancy Invite
Make your get together more of an event by taking the extra step and sending out simple Evites – even if it’s just a few of your favorite families getting together for a Sunday night dinner.
This premium Evite invitation is super fun, or you can browse through more designs in Evite’s dinner party invitation gallery.
Step 2 – Set the Mood
To create a relaxed and inviting party environment, my favorite trick is always to Read More