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Ideas on Hosting Progressive Dinner Parties

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Is it time to dust off your dinnerware and polish up the silver for a dinner party? You want to do something a little different this time around? Want to entertain but don’t have the time or patience (or dishwasher) to cook whole three or more courses? Have you ever considered a progressive dinner party? I had not heard of this until Kathryn mentioned it to me. Upon further research, this looks like the makings for a great night in (and out and about) for you and your guests. For those like me who had no inkling of this wickedly great way to host a dinner party, a progressive dinner party is where you and a few of your friends play host to your motley crew of merry makers and the dinner party progresses from one host home to another after each course is completed. More sophisticated than a pub crawl, I actually like this idea.

Alright, you want to organise a progressive dinner party, what do you need to do? Well, send out an e-mail, call or stalk down your friends to see if anyone else would be interested. For ease, let’s say for this dinner party you need four hosts/hostesses. One for each course: cocktails & canapés, entrée, main, dessert. Once your DPC (Dinner Party Committee) has been decided, get together to work out the evening. You are going to need plenty of time to allow for you to organise this as it requires effort and dedication from all hosts/hostesses. Discuss your menu choices, drinks and games, the times for each house will need to be detailed to a “T” to ensure the night does not go overtime and the guests and more importantly the hosts are not worn out. It can be as formal or informal as you like (especially if you want a family friendly progressive dinner party). A guest list will need to be decided upon ASAP, consider the homes and comfort and ease for the host/hostess to handle. No point in having 50 guests if one of the homes can only seat 10 people! Awkward!!! Transport is another consideration. Have you got room at the homes for parking or would it work out cheaper to hire a bus for the night? If you all live in walking distance from each other – even better!

Set your theme for the event, and then go over to Pink Frosting for help in co-ordinating your decorations. Print or write up the invitations, post out and wait for the RSVP’s. A week out from the dinner party follow up any outstanding guests and the bus hire (if you have chosen to take up this option). At all times, keep in touch with your fellow hosts to ensure you are all on the same page and all running on time. If extra help is needed and you have the time then you can go over to help them prep too. The overall planning, co-ordination and execution of the progressive dinner party is something that I am sure you will enjoy and your guests will love and talk about for ages to come. Make it fancy dress – Halloween progressive dinner party for example. Maybe at the end of the night at the last home, the hosts for the next progressive dinner party can be decided.

For extra help, hints, tips and party supplies get in touch with Australia’s #1 Party Shop to ensure your dinner party progresses along perfectly.


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