Mason jars, fairy lights, pulled jackfruit tacos…a few things you may see at a swanky hipster dinner party. Our community loves to host parties – being a great host is something most influencers can be proud of.
Dinner parties are nothing more than a gathering of friends, coming over for dinner, to eat some food with and get one few too many cocktails.
What makes a dinner party special then? How can you achieve that casually effortless ‘hipster dinner party’ feeling next time you invite your friends over?
We partnered up with Remedy Drinks to investigate.
Remedy Kombucha is a fizzy live-cultured drink that’s damn tasty and actually healthy. Chock-full of live cultures and organic acids that are good for your gut health and overall wellbeing, and naturally free from sugar – we’ve even got an official tick of approval from I Quit Sugar to prove it.
Remedy is made the old-school way, fermented in small batches using a long-aged brewing process which removes all of the sugar and turns it into healthy live cultures and organic acids.
Think outside the box
Yes, we are talking about mason jars, fairy lights and chunky-cut chips again. The truth is, you want your dinner party to feel welcoming, as well as a safe place for your guests to let their hair down.
Think about sharing platters, a cocktail station, edible flowers. A lot of hosts nowadays make their food interactive, including their guests in the process of decorating and finishing off their dishes – does it mean we can lick the wooden spoon?
MYO is the new BYO
‘Make your own’ drink should be the new ‘bring your own’. Provide a base for people to work with, such as Remedy Kombucha, and lay down some fun ingredients to flavour their drinks. This can be a great way to have your friends interact and meet new people – we recommend heading here for some recipe inspiration.
Also get a drink in everyone’s hand as soon as they walk in the door. It’s a good way to get the party started!
Who should you invite to your dinner party – and how can you survive one yourself? If you are terrible at small talk, keep running list of anecdotes or stories on your iPhone – or check books like What to Talk About). Make sure that you sit down to get a strong guestlist, and there are enough conversation-starter activities to engage in conversation.
You can even go as far as moving chairs out of the way until the main course – which will also encourage your guests to get a good old stretch!
Food wise, we would always recommend you to keep it simple: if you’re only going to make three things, make it pasta, salad and a delicious sauce. You can offer different variations for different dietary lifestyles, as well as serve in giant bowls that guests can pass around – remember our ‘engage in conversation’
At team HBC, we feel strongly about serving dessert. The key is to always make dessert first, ideally first thing in the morning. We have loads of incredible dessert ideas on the magazine, so take some time to look around and find some inspiration.
When it comes to the look and feel of your party, Pinterest is your best friend! Visual ideas and DIY projects can make your dinner party truly special (and much lighter for your own wallet as a host!) – for more inspiration see our dinner party Pinterest board.
If fairy lights seem a bit too much (and the weather is still holding on), candlelight could make the entire apartment feel magical.
My go-to is the questionably-named Rich Girl Pop playlist on Songza — it’s all chill, too-cool music that is meant to hit the spot.
Try as much as possible to encourage everyone to sit at one table. It will encourage your guests to make friends, and cosiness is good! It’s beautiful to see a single conversation going as opposed to several separate ones – then you can break off into smaller chats when you dig in!