Hosting outdoors is a wonderful way to kiss summer goodbye! Globe lights strung along your fence or above your lawn add a dreamy element to your party vibe, while still giving enough light to see clearly.
If in doubt of what to serve, try a bruschetta bar. This allows your guests to add as they please what topping they are familiar with and like, and may be inspired by another guest's creation to try something new! At the bar, include bruschetta basics: tomatoes, basil, parmesan; and add related add-ons like capers, olive tapenade and prosciutto for variation.
Hosting in a small place like an apartment can be tricky, but is do-able. Rearrangement is key, and a buffet style meal like tapas is best suggested.
Games! Dinner parties aren't just about the food! Great conversation is key to a successful party, and a great way to spark a dialogue is through fun party games.