Just in time for end-of-summer soirées, we caught up with Bri Emery to get some of her best tips for hosting a dinner party like a pro.
LA-based Designlovefest blogger and queen of all things pretty Bri Emery is a pro when it comes to entertaining, which is why we were excited to hear of the launch of her very own wine label, Wildest Dreams, in partnership with Winc. From the dreamy label design to the taste, the wine truly captures Emery’s whimsical entertaining style. Here, Emery tells us how to throw the picture-perfect dinner party to celebrate at the end of the summer.
Prep for the Party the Day Before
“Your guests won’t be able to relax if you aren’t relaxed. I always try and prep as much as possible the day before and create a simple to-do list for the night of so that I can make sure I stay on track.”
Serve Guests Drinks as Soon as They Arrive
“Serve a cocktail or glass of wine to your guests as soon as they arrive! It offers up a point of conversation regarding the cocktail you mixed or the wine you picked, and it makes people feel more relaxed when they’re able to hold something in their hand.”
“I prefer to serve food family-style rather then plated. The interaction of passing between guests is nice and it creates a more low-key atmosphere, which I prefer.”
Wear Something Comfortable
“As the host, you will inevitably need to be on the move and wearing something that’s not fussy and will make for a much more enjoyable evening. It may not sound important but it makes all the difference! Nothing too short, too tight, or shoes that are too high.”
Create a Fun Ambiance
“I don’t think enough good things can be said about having a great playlist and lighting a bunch of candles. There is something so wonderful about walking into a home that smells good and has music playing in the background. You really can’t lose with that combo!”
Don’t Skip Dessert
“I know everyone is on a diet but I find that guests feel treated when they are served something sweet. Make sure you dish it up because if left on their own no one will take the first slice of cake, but if you set it down in front of them, that’s a different story! I love serving a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of hot fudge, a pile of berries with a dollop of whipped cream, or a piece of pie warmed for a few minutes in the oven.”