Summer Dinner Series ~ Guest List & Invitations
May 23, 2019
If you ask Chef Joho why he wanted to become a chef, he’ll tell you that his passion is bringing people together through food. We wanted to share his love of entertaining with you through a Summer Dinner Series, tips on how to throw a wonderful dinner party. Whether you’re a party pro or hosting your first event, we’re here to help guide you.
First, determine if you are hosting an intimate affair with friends or a casual dinner with a larger group of guests. This will help to create your guest list. When thinking about whom to invite, consider a few things: Have these friends met before? Do they have similar interests? Is there a good mix of introverts and extroverts, to create balanced conversation? Choosing fun, engaging and interesting people for your evening party will make a night to truly remember.
Once the guest list has been finalized, you can set a date and send invitations. We recommend at least 4-6 weeks notice, especially in the summer months, when weekends fill quickly with events. Online invitations have become very popular, but we still prefer the traditional ones, which should match the theme of your party. Hosting in your garden or barn? Think pastels and florals. Entertaining in your dining room? Consider having the invitations match your seasonal decor.
Whatever you decide, make sure that the design matches the event. Chef Joho believes that design goes beyond the plating of food. That’s why he uses specific linens, plateware, and art deco designs throughout the Everest space. Consistency sets the tone of your event and it’s fun to turn your vision into reality.
Chef Joho also suggest recruiting a friend or partner to help orchestrate your event. He likes to focus on the menu and wine pairings, and has someone to help with the decor and other finishing touches. And if you find that you need a team of experts to help you, make a reservation at Everest and we’ll take care of you!
Keep an eye out for our next blog feature in June, where we’ll help you craft the perfect menu for your party.
Here are some examples of some of our favorite invitation designs –