Paying attention to the minor details may mean the difference between
success and failure when you call your boss for dinner. Read on to make
a success of your party…
You have called your boss for dinner and are looking to impress him and
his family. Your wife has been busy all day preparing the choicest of
dishes and you have been running around the corner store to get her
requirements every now and then. Your bar is ready, and so is the list
of snacks you are going to serve with each drink. But have you given a
thought to the place where they are going to sit for the better part of
While your living room is only going to be used for a part of the
evening, it is your dining room where your guests are going to spend
their crucial time when dinner is being served. Is it adequately
impressive? Have a look around.
When did you last dust your dining set?
You have been using the bedroom as a dining room but hardly had
occasion to use the actual dining room. That does not mean you ignore
its cleanliness. Get cracking with the vacuum cleaner straightaway –
dust on parts of your furniture is one of the biggest mood dampeners
known. Make sure each and every corner is well dusted and adequately
clean. Be sure to pick up the decoration pieces and clean under and
behind them as well. Supposedly ‘clean’ areas have a habit of showing
their dirty sides at the oddest of times.
Now have a look at the overall setting. Is it looking good? Do your
dining room chairs go well with the rest of the dining set?. If you
have been buying things off and on that caught your fancy, you may well
need to have a look at the overall façade of your room. If you feel
uncomfortable, replace your dining room hutch
it with a better looking wooden or a glass cabinet. Don’t have the
energy or the money to buy one immediately? Never mind. Remove it
totally. Better not to have anything than to display furniture with
poor matching taste.
Look at the placement of your dining furniture
next. It should allow adequate space for moving around. The space
available and the number of guests will also dictate whether you go in
for a sitting arrangement or a buffet. The arrangement of your choicest
crocery on the table will vary accordingly.
Use table mats or a table pad to keep away your worries of the table
surface getting spoiled with spills of any sort. Get a flower
decoration to enhance the overall effect of your settings. While fresh
flowers work best, artificial ones will do the job too. Just make sure
your love for flowers of either variety does not let you overdo the
whole thing. Keep one decoration in the centre, another in one corner
Pay attention to the overall lighting. Soft and subtle can enhance the
mood of the evening by focusing on select decoration pieces and letting
the reflection light up the rest of the room. Use bright overall
lighting to have a more formal effect on the proceedings.
So go ahead and treat your boss to the best dinner he ever had. And look forward to the next raise as well!