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Let the Music Play
Music sets the tone for a dinner party as much as the menu
and d├ęcor, whether you're planning an elegant, formal affair
or a lively, more casual gathering. Keep the music volume
low to allow guests to chat without having to shout over the
music or turn the music off during the main course. This
thoughtfulness toward your dinner party's ambience will
allow conversations amongst your guests to flow freely.
Don't Overwhelm the Wine
If you're serving special wines, create a menu that shows
them in their best light. " Every dish must be wine friendly, "
Mrs. Jordan says, " from the amuse bouche to the dessert. "
A simple rule is to be mindful of alcohol levels in wines.
Wines with lower alcohol (less than 14 percent) tend to have
brighter acidity, which makes them easier to pair with an
array of foods.
Guests enjoying a reception on the chateau terrace in 1980.
Start With the Best Ingredients
To make your dinner party dishes shine, seek out the very
best meat, seafood, produce and cheeses-whether they
come from across the ocean or around the corner. Rather
than picking up fruits and vegetables from the grocery store,
visit a local farmers market to see what inspires you. Small
ranches will often sell their meats directly to the public, and
they will be fresher and more delicious than anything you'll
find at the market.
Leave Guests With Great Memories
After the party, send a note to each guest to thank them
for attending. " I always followed up with a framed photo
of the guest with someone they seemed to be engaged in
conversation with, " Mrs. Jordan says, " so they had a little
memento of the evening. "
You could also send a digital image or a small gift,
such as a bottle of extra virgin olive oil, that guests enjoyed
during the meal. P
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