These days we all have so much going on in our lives that choosing a Dinner Party date everyone can make is nigh on impossible.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Stress Free Dinner Parties: How to plan, host and enjoy your party says “Choosing a Dinner Party Date is easiest when you start with a two or three month runway. This not only allows plenty of time to get in people’s diaries but for you to get organised too!”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for choosing a Dinner Party date:
- Work Around Your Guest of Honour: There’s always one person without whom your Dinner Party becomes just another dinner. Sometimes it’s a dinner to honour that person, and other times it’s just someone everyone loves to be around. Start with the dates that work for that person and your other guests will probably fall in line.
- Avoid BIG Dates: Clearly dates around Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving are going to fill up very early in the year. If it’s not an obligation on you, try to avoid these dates and go for less busy times.
- Try for Nothing Dates: Social sets often have gaps here and there in their calendars. If you have a social desert between March and June, take advantage of it and plan your Dinner Party for then.
- Pick Any Excuse: Weirdly, we are all more likely to agree to requests of any kind when they are followed by a because; it doesn’t even have to be a reasonable or plausible because (as discovered by Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer’s in her photocopy queue jumper experiment). So pick any date and add a random excuse.
- Pick A Date That Works For You: Or just pick a date that works for you and require everyone to fall in.
With Alexandria’s tips, choosing a Dinner Party date can the least stressful part of the event – you can relax and enjoy your Dinner Party.
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