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Entries in dinner parties (2)


Setting Your Table for A Dinner Party

We eat with our eyes first, and this includes not only arranging food on a plate so it looks delicious and appealing, it also means setting the table in a way that entices diners.  Hosting a dinner party need not be a stuffy, over-formal affair but for the comfort of your fellow diners, having the basics laid out in front of them is essential. With a few pleasant additions, your table will look exquisite. 

1. Formal or Informal

When setting your table for a dinner party, there are two categories to choose from: a relaxed, informal more intimate affair or all the trappings and pomp of a formal place setting. The formal place setting has far more cutlery, plates and glasses, as well as a name card.

The idea is to create a relaxed dining experience but with an air of formality about it. Informal dining contains less clutter around the place setting, but has more detail than a mid-week teatime meal.

2. Crisp white cloth and matching napkins

Now that you have decided whether to have a formal or informal place setting, you can start to create the perfect dinner party table. A crisp, white tablecloth is elegantly flawless and a timeless classic too, providing a blank canvas for the rest of your table. Want a modern look to your dinner table? Opt for large ‘charger plates’ that complement your dinner service.


3. Beautiful dinner service

Dinner plates, side plates, dessert bowl, cup and saucer, along with bright, sparkling cutlery are the main components of your dinner table. As such, they need to match and complement each other. Many people have a best dinner service for when they host dinner parties and there is certainly no compensation for having the highest quality

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Add a little excitement to your next event: Celebrity Chefs

Some of the best events we've attended or produced had an interesting twist, a celebrity chef who not only prepared the meals but came out between courses to share a bit about the preparation technique or personal, humorous stories.  Former White House Chefs, TV Chefs and Michelin Star chefs are amongst the "celebrities" you can hire for your next event.  

A company out of NY helps event planners secure and host celebrity chefs for weddings, charity and corporate events.  We asked Robert Tuchman, President, Goviva of NY to share a few tips on this subject.  Thank you Robert.

 Ten tips for getting the most out of your celeb chef event:

1.       Pick a good name but more importantly pick the right chef personality for your group

2.       Brief the chef on your group dynamics, who likes to participate and who doesn’t!

3.       Try and work with the chef in their kitchen if possible to make things flow better

4.       If the event is not in their kitchen make sure you are allowed to actually cook in the chosen venue

5.       Outline for the chef ahead of time what dish you want them to demo

6.       Secure the chefs cookbook or premium items to have the chef autograph for each guest

7.       Make sure you have the chef integrate your brand message into the demonstration

8.       Let the group mingle and have cocktails before the demonstration

9.       Provide the chef with any dietary requirements for certain guests

10.     The more interactive the better, for your guests and your chef


For help booking a celebrity chef visit Goviva.com www.goviva.com 

Team Goviva



 Submitted by Robert Tuchman, President, GoViva of NY www.goviva.com