When planning your next dinner party, it is almost always at the home of someone close to you – your mother, sister, best friend, neighbor or even grandma. It is an especially nice idea to throw one in someone’s home where they will feel more at home, surrounded by familiar and comfortable furnishings that remind them of childhood memories. Since kitchens are often the central gathering place for extended family events (grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and so on), it is important to make sure that the space can accommodate everyone’s needs. How to decorate your kitchen for parties depends largely on the type of party you plan to throw; in general, there are three basic types of gatherings that kitchen furniture should be used for: cocktail parties, evening meals, and formal events like weddings. While some of the choices for decorating differ depending on whether you are throwing a cocktail party or a dinner party, there are some general principles that apply regardless of the occasion.
Cocktail parties are casual gatherings in which the guests dress casually or in semi-formal attire. You can decorate a cocktail table for your party using matching side tables and chairs or matching buffet carts. If you are having a large number of guests, it is a good idea to rent an entertainment center or a sound system for the duration of the event so that you have enough seating for everyone as well as a way to provide music for those who wish to sing or play music.
Evening meals are parties where there is an ongoing discussion between those at the gathering. Dining tables may be decorated with small tables and chairs or a buffet style table and chairs, serving dishes placed around the center, and a set of plastic tablecloths.