While I love a dinner party as much as the next person I find I prefer smaller, more intimate gatherings over having 12, or more, guests; especially when I’m hosting the event. I realize some of this is due to the fact that we (hubby and I) don’t have a cook to prepare, let alone a butler to serve, the meal (as in Downtown Abbey).
My favorite dinner party is hosting 2 other couples. There is something about a total of 6 that seems to work very well where conversation is concerned. I think it allows for a single conversation at the table since it is a smaller venue.
We entertain pretty informally; it’s all about the table settings and flowers for me. I still love a couple of our groups of friends that bring the number up to 8 and 10 respectively but somehow when we host 12 it becomes less satisfying for me. I think it’s because while cooking and serving I have less time to get around to visiting with everyone…sometimes that’s okay and sometimes I feel cheated out of a good visit with a friend.
That said here are some dining rooms I’d like to entertain in.
What is your preference when you invite friends over for a meal, formal or informal?