Establishing and maintaining the proper mood for a dinner party is essential for guests to enjoy their evening. Regardless of the number in attendance, the host is responsible for providing a welcoming and entertaining environment for all the guests to interact comfortably. And before you plan the perfect meal or set up the table with the settings and everything, you need to consider the ambiance of the party.
Let it be noted that music isn’t the focal point of any dinner party yet it serves an instrumental role when used properly to drive successful social interactions. If guests identify with the song and mood of the music, they feel naturally inclined to relax and socialize comfortably which is the objective of a considerate host. There are numerous factors to consider when deliberating on what music to play while people mingle and settle in for dinner. The most essential to take into consider would be: the occasion, the setting and guest demographics. By utilizing these factors when contemplating the appropriate music to be played, the host will have considerable influence over setting the tone for the night.
Taking the occasion for the dinner party into account should be the first priority before any decisions about music should be made. As the host, the purpose for inviting guests correlates directly into genre, mood and tempo of the background music. For example, if a person is inviting guests over for an engagement dinner party, the mood of the evening is much more celebratory rather than a dinner party meant to reunite old friends which would call for more nostalgic music reminisces back on the early years. Though most dinner parties are organized specifically to celebrate an occasion, the key differences between the situations in the examples would call for the music to compliment the different moods.
Curating music to match the setting of the dinner party is also crucial. Hosts should take into consideration the space in which guests will be engaging socially to set the tone for the night. If the location doesn’t allow for guests to walk around freely to converse, then subtle and relaxing sit-down music should be playing in the background. Active music in this situation would leave guests feeling restless and inspire a need to move around. However, if the dinner party is more casual while taking place on a back patio that allows for people to roam freely, enjoy their beverages and engage with other guests then music that is more engaging and playful would suit the moment.
Host should assess the personalities and tastes of guests in order to make a final decision on music. If the dinner party is family oriented, playing classic rock music would disengage the younger generations while the opposite could be said if modern hip-hop music were to be playing. Workplace colleagues invited to a dinner party could have a varied range of ages and tastes so asking a handful of attendees to curate an appropriate range of musicians would go a long way to keeping everyone entertained. By considering all of these factors, the average host will find themselves in prime position to capitalize on a successful social night, assuming that the food and beverage selection was a success as well. So, put on those tunes, grab the wine bottle opener, and get ready for a great dinner party.