How to Plan a Dinner Party–That’s Fun!


If you enjoy entertaining, a dinner party is time-honored way to spend time with family and friends, but the next time you plan one, consider ramping up the fun and pairing it with some fun activities like card games. You can plan an evening that’s sure to be memorable for everyone on your guest list and the following tips can help.

Create the Menu

A theme can help you decide on a menu and snacks to serve your guests. You’ll need to consider whether to host a formal meal or an informal one. For formal sit-down dinners, you might opt for classic meal options. If your gathering is an informal one, you might want to host a barbecue or serve homemade pizzas with personalized toppings. You might even serve seasonally inspired meals or desserts.

When it comes to snacks, you’ll probably want to choose items that are easy to eat and won’t interfere with game play. Be sure to include a wide selection of beverages too. Adult beverages like beer and wine are always welcome, but sodas and juices might also be welcome options to guest.

Table Settings

From the centerpiece to the tablecloth, you’ll want to dress up your table for your guests. Even if you intend to use disposable dishes and cups, you can add a touch of elegance to the table with place settings and even fresh flowers. If you don’t have enough good dishes for all of your guests, consider purchasing inexpensive ones so that everyone can enjoy their meal from real dishes.


There is a wide array of card games for adults that you can include for your dinner party. From poker to gin rummy, there are various card games that are conducive to friendly get-togethers. If cards aren’t to your liking, you might consider classic board games or even fun electronic games to include during your fun-filled dinner party.

Set the Stage

Depending on the number of guests you invite to your home, you might want to rearrange your setting to accommodate your party. You may need extra space to set up game tables or to add extra seating. You might also want to designate a space for snacks or desserts. In this way, you can keep your space organized for your company.

Time Management

When planning your dinner party, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get organized. You’ll likely want to clean your home thoroughly and even decorate your space for the event. It helps to make a checklist of tasks so that you can a lot the proper amount of time to each one. This will ensure that you don’t forget anything and that your evening will be a successful one.

Keep these ideas in mind as you plan and prepare for your dinner party. With these tips, you are sure to enjoy an evening filled with great food, fun games, and a positive atmosphere that your guests are apt to remember. In fact, you might even inspire one or two to throw their own dinner parties too.

Lucy Jarvis uses daily life to come up with article topics which appear on women’s lifestyle blogs. She writes on a range of subjects from dating to wedding’s and more.


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Kryssie Spence
7 years ago

I have a HUGE dinner party coming up with the in-laws this Friday and this was super helpful. I’m debating if Cards Against Humanity would be appropriate or not as the card game, though? (Could be a good ice-breaker)