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A How To Guide: Dinner Party Cheese Platters

Cheese platters

For people hosting upscale dinner parties, it’s all about the food! Instead of the standard sliced cheeses from the ready-made section of the local grocery store deli, sophisticated foodies are opting for high-quality cheeses that are conversation pieces.

There are several questions people should consider before purchasing cheeses for a dinner party.

  • How many people will be attending?
  • Will the cheese course be an appetizer or an after-dinner treat?
  • Are there any particular must-try cheeses or ones that should be avoided?
  • What is the overall budget?

Modern Party Etiquette

Modern Party Etiquette

Long ago, women would go to school to learn formal etiquette training. In today’s more casual society, there are still several etiquette trends that are still followed. A source of confusion for most young adults, Just Charger Plates offer a glimpse into modern party etiquette.

  • Invitations – Always extend invitations with enough time for guests to plan and respond. Today, invitations can be done over the phone, via traditional paper mailings or even using digital services such as Evite. It’s thoughtful to include a GPS-friendly invite, as this makes it easier for guests to find locations. Guests should RSVP as soon as possible and if in doubt, over communication is better than casting assumptions.
  • Early – It’s important to arrive on time to a dinner party, but avoid arriving early as this can leave hosts feeling panicked.

Small Space Solutions: Dining Décor

Dining decor for small spaces

As more Americans are downsizing into smaller homes, this doesn’t necessarily mean that stylish dinner parties are soon to become a long-forgotten tradition. In fact, there are several ways that smaller homes can be designed and decorated to improve small living spaces and make entertaining more efficient.

  • Bars – Instead of the traditional oversized bar that takes up an entire wall of the dining area, consider opting for a wall-mounted bar. These are sleek and pair well with under the cabinet style lighting. Consider opting for glass cabinets for a modern, contemporary look.
  • Double Duty – Sleek entertainment units are perfect for great room areas that keep kitchen, dining and living rooms open for mingled conversations. Consider selecting a television consul that doubles as a faux fireplace.

Small Space Solutions: Dining Décor

As more Americans are downsizing into smaller homes, this doesn’t necessarily mean that stylish dinner parties are soon to become a long-forgotten tradition. In fact, there are several ways that smaller homes can be designed and decorated to improve small living spaces and make entertaining more efficient.

  • Bars – Instead of the traditional oversized bar that takes up an entire wall of the dining area, consider opting for a wall-mounted bar. These are sleek and pair well with under the cabinet style lighting. Consider opting for glass cabinets for a modern, contemporary look.
  • Double Duty – Sleek entertainment units are perfect for great room areas that keep kitchen, dining and living rooms open for mingled conversations. Consider selecting a television consul that doubles as a faux fireplace.
  • Expandable Tables – Select a small dining table that can easily be extended to accommodate additional guests. This makes it easy to entertain for large holidays or even host small dinner parties.
  • Chairs – One of the most ingenious designs to appear in homes is the morphing chair. When not in use it can easily be folded to double as a stylish room divider. Comfortable and sleek, guests will never know these stylish chairs pull double duty. Another option that designers are turning to is pop up seats. They fold flat for easy storage under couches or in closets, but easily pop up to form a small table or additional seat.
  • Pet Beds – Instead of having cat beds take up valuable floor space, why not combine cat’s love of high sleeping habits with a wall-mounted pet bed? Sophisticated and sleek, cats everywhere will be purring in posh comfort.
  • Flower Frames – Not the typical floral arrangement, many homeowners are turning to wall-mounted flower frames to serve as artwork and also double as a handy bouquet holder.
  • Lamps – Nearly every homeowner wants to place lamps in the corner, which why the ingenious corner lamp is perfect for these hard to reach angles. Neatly slipping into tight nooks and crannies, this lamp helps brighten small spaces while saving on much-needed space.
  • Convertible Storage – Perfect for people that are looking to maximize smaller spaces, convertible storage systems double as classic buffet tables, but expand to reveal an assortment of trays and shelves that will tickle any organizational fiend’s fancy. This type of storage is perfect for storing formal china and crystal. It can also serve as storage for glass charger plates, which are perfect for dinner parties.
  • Imitation Windows – Just when most people thought they’d heard of everything, this ingenious invention neatly hangs on dark walls and instantly gives the illusion of a well-lit window.
  • Ceramic Wall Units – Doubling as space dividers, these units are contemporary and modern. They are perfect for storing books, china and highlighting small artwork.

Just Charger Plates strives to help homeowners create inviting, warm spaces despite small size restrictions. They offer a variety of contemporary and traditional charger plate designs, including glass charger plates, square charger plates and even mirror charger plates.

Stylish Thanksgiving Dinner Settings

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, there are several ways for hosts to embrace the season and throw unique, entertaining and memorable dinner parties.

  • Natural – Embrace the bounty! Pumpkins and gourds make stunning centerpieces, especially when set with autumn pears. Mulberry tablecloths compliment ivory dishes and rattan charger plates highlight a nature-inspired vibe.
  • Personalization – Instead of making placecards, consider using miniature pumpkins as placeholders. Simply tie the stems with twine and make homemade name cards.
  • Floral – Fall is rich with vibrant, warm floral hues. Mini pumpkins, yellow, orange and red flowers, with seasonal red berries make stunning floral centerpieces and look excellent when paired with ice-blue colors.
  • Palettes – Color schemes help define a meal’s theme. Consider including crisp white with warm chocolate browns.
  • Multi-Purpose – Consider using pedestal candleholders to show off an array of decorative mini pumpkins.
  • Simplicity – Embracing simplicity is best, because less is more.
  • Dinnerware – Most people break out the festival holiday dinnerware patterns for Thanksgiving. Popular color choices are khakis and browns, which pair well with gold charger plates.
  • Budget-Friendly – To have the latest tablescape trends without spending a fortune, hosts can shop for marked-down or slightly damaged purchase. Chips can easily be hidden or masked with linens or colorful table décor.
  • Basics – For hosts that have simple white dinner plates, consider dressing them up with attractive burgundy charger plates and color-coordinating cloth napkins.
  • Rustic-Style Elegance – Mixing a variety of textures makes a Thanksgiving tablescape special. Use gold square charger plates, topped with a layer of thin burlap and then coordinating, rich-colored plates.
  • Chic – Traditional and trendy pieces combine to create a unique, modern and chic look. Black and white plates pair excellent with vibrant pops of red and orange.
  • Color – When the weather outside begins to cool, warm up dining areas with contemporary reds and oranges.
  • Decorative – Breaking out seasonal bold china patterns adds an instant touch of charm to any Thanksgiving tablescape.
  • Centerpieces – Consider making a centerpiece a focal point. Using a variety of colorful fall branches and placing them in a tall vase, adds instant table-focused interest.
  • Let It Bow! – Don’t just limit festive décor to the dinner table. Consider dressing up chairs with festive-colored bows and making the home embody the spirit of the season.

Just Charger Plates offers a wide assortment of charger plates, which are perfect for holiday get-togethers. Popular shapes are round charger plates, square charger plate and octagonal charger plates.