Plan the Ultimate NYC & Hamptons Dinner Party in 2023

December 18, 2023

Did someone say… dinner party

Dinner parties are a great way to celebrate special occasions, reunite with friends, and get together as a family. These gatherings are the perfect excuse to forget about life’s daily worries for a while and reminisce about the good old times. You get to spend a fun evening with the ones you love and enjoy a delicious meal together. But, the fact is, hosting a dinner party can spark up a certain degree of stress in a lot of us. 

From the guest list to the grocery shopping to the cooking, it can take a lot of effort and time to host a great dinner party in your home. Not to mention the number of unnecessary opinions that can come with one. But no need to worry. Anyone can be an amazing host, especially when you have highly-skilled professionals and services to back you up…

Take out your pen or Notes app because here are 5 easy steps to plan the ultimate (and easiest) dinner party in NYC and the Hamptons:

  • Step 1: Who’s on Your List?

First things first, who’s invited? 

In order to start your dinner party planning, you need to figure out your guest list and account for the budget you’ll need to create this exquisite dinner party. Decide the number of invitees you want, and then send them a text or email. But, in my opinion, sending them a personalized animated evite with the beautiful & timeless designs of Ojolie Cards could be much more fun and special for your guests. After all, it’s the company that counts!

After everyone has RSVP’d and you’ve confirmed attendance, make sure to ask everyone if they have any dietary restrictions and/or allergies. Once you know who can tolerate gluten, you’re ready to move on to step 2. 

  • Step 2: Hire a “Private Chef Near Me”

time-consumingNext up… THE FOOD. Maybe everyone’s favorite part of any good ol’ dinner party. The food is what brings us all together around the dinner table ready to indulge in great conversations. It’s a key element to a successful dinner party, but figuring out a menu that meets everyone’s expectations might be a little hard - not to mention extremely time consuming. 

You might be a great cook… or not. But who cares! We think this time you should ditch the online recipes you bookmarked, and hire a culinary professional to surprise your guests with worlds of flavor. It’s time to splurge and enjoy the delicious company of a private chef to make this dinner party one for the books. 

Now, searching for a “private chef near me” can be a little tricky with so many great options out there to choose from. Luckily, there’s an app that can save you all this trouble and match you with some of the highest-ranked private chefs close to you. With the Gradito private chef app, you can connect with an elite NYC personal chef in seconds. 

What’s fun about the Gradito personal chef app is that you can design your private chef experience from start to finish. Once you give them your dinner party details, you get to choose what cuisine you’d like for you and your guests to enjoy. From French cuisine to Vietnamese to Australian BBQ, you’ll be sure to surprise your crowd with a tasty and fresh assortment of authentic dishes. The Gradito app will also analyze your taste buds with a series of questions, so your private chef’s full-course menu can be exclusive to you and only you. Not to mention, they will handle everyone’s dietary restrictions seamlessly and elegantly, so you don’t have to. 

Have you ever been to a Michelin-starred dinner party? Well, you’re about to host one thanks to Gradito and their top NYC private chefs.

  • Step 3: A Bottle of Red, Anyone?

An exclusive Michelin-starred dinner party can only be complete with a personal sommelier just for you and your guests. Did we mention you can also book a top-ranked NYC sommelier through the Gradito personal chef app?  By upgrading your in-home private chef experience with Gradito, you can enjoy a top-tier wine selection to accompany your customized private chef menu. 

Adding a talented sommelier to your Gradito home chef meal will bring a sense of refined elegance to your dinner party. Their sommeliers will supply a first-class wine selection from some of the best local shops in the city like MCF Rare Wine. Several Gradito sommeliers work closely with this West Village wine boutique with access to some of the rarest wines in the market. With a wide mix of independent labels and collectible vintages, MCF is the perfect place to find something special that will make you and your guests look at each other and go “wow” for five minutes straight.  

Nothing screams a memorable dinner party more than a specific selection of premier wines filling your glasses. So forget about the corkscrew, and get ready to sip on unparalleled quality with a Gradito personal sommelier.  

  • Step 4: Let’s Entertain In Style

Now that the food and drinks are (more than) covered, it’s time for you to think about the atmosphere you’re looking to exude during your dinner soirée. 

What aesthetic are you going for? Minimalist chic? Bright boho patterns? Floral garden vibes? I know, there are definitely a lot of options to choose from and so many ideas to imagine... But did you know there are people who are experts when it comes to dinner party décor? 

And here’s where you can find the best in the game… Social Studies is your “go-to for all things entertaining, helping people gather stylishly without the stress”. They can help you find the best atmosphere and aesthetic for your dinner party with their thoughtfully curated tableware and party kit rentals. They make entertaining look easy and fashionable. What else can you ask for?

Your dinner party is about to get a ‘glow up’ with the sophisticated stylings of Social Studies. So go ahead and explore their wide collection of unique party décor for the most snazzy dinner party yet!

  • Step 5: Dazzle Your Guests & More

And the award of BEST HOST OF A DINNER PARTY goes to…

Oh, look, the envelope says it’s you, but you already knew that. ;)

After all of your hard work (wink, wink), you and your friends couldn’t have wider smiles. The rare wines have been poured, the Michelin-starred dishes are traveling around the room, and your dinner table has never looked so good. Well, it looks like you just set a whole new bar for dinner parties, huh? And between you and me… it couldn’t have been easier! 

And, oh look, now it’s time to show off your night of luxury food and wine with everyone else in your circle. Your in-home chef dinner party with a sommelier and exclusive tableware decór didn’t happen if you don’t share it on Instagram, right? So tag your guests and the people who helped make the magic happen, and let everyone know what the ultimate (and easiest) dinner party looks like. 

Camelia Iturregui Fuertes
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