Dinner Party Themes to Wow Your Guests in 2019

Who doesn’t love a well-planned dinner party? They’re the perfect opportunity to not only show off your culinary skills in the kitchen, but also demonstrate your hosting abilities with inventive dinner party themes, lively conversation, light entertainment, and a carefully-chosen array of drinks, too. With creative dinner party themes, you’ll also get the chance to explore top events trends for 2019, and flex your creative muscles as you reimagine your dining space to transport your guests to another time or place. Dinner parties are all about luxurious gastronomic experiences, friendship, communication, and escapism, and we just can’t get enough of them!

The team at Mask love few things more than getting together every now and then, and throwing dinner parties for each other. Being leading events organisers in London, you can probably imagine how much we compete with one another in order to throw the most extravagant or unusual soirees! However, it’s important to remember that in order for a dinner party to be deemed truly successful, the essentials need to be in place before any extras, decorations, or entertainment options get brought into the mix. Good food, great drinks, a relaxing or comfortable ambience, a top group of guests… once these factors are all present and correct, you can start exploring ways to take your dinner party ideas to the next level!

Being the dinner party aficionados that we are (and having a wealth of experience in organising a wide range of mouth-watering dinner parties and dining experiences for our clients), it’s fair to say we’re not short of ideas when it comes to throwing this kind of event. That’s why we’ve decided to bring you a blog looking at seven brilliant and creative dinner party theme ideas that you’re sure to love, and which are sure to wow your lucky guests in 2019. Read on to find out more!

Murder Mystery

It’s hard to imagine a more enjoyable get-together than one which involves lovingly prepared food, a few open bottles of wine, and a thrilling murder to solve! Murder mystery evenings are a tried-and-tested formula which everybody enjoys; they give party-goers a chance to escape from reality for a while, and slip into the role of an eagle-eyed sleuth, wealthy heiress, butler, or cold-blooded killer for the evening, while leaving their worries and cares at the door.

Whether you’re a fan of the classic Agatha Christie mysteries, love a bit of Sherlock Holmes, or fancy yourself in the role of an altogether more modern detective, murder mystery dinner party themes are a brilliant way to indulge in some theatrics and escapism for the evening. Check out Eventwise’s Murder Mystery event, and get an idea of how you can bring this inventive and original theme to your next dinner party extravaganza!

Charcuterie Dinner

If you and your guests consider themselves committed foodies, then a charcuterie-themed dinner party is going to be just the ticket to show off your gastro credentials. The great thing about this dinner party theme is that it’s all about letting top-quality ingredients speak for themselves. Rustic, hearty, and based on seriously beautiful flavours, aromas, and textures, laying out an impressive charcuterie and antipasti board is the perfect way to delight the senses of your attendees, and ply them with plenty of unforgettable treats. Be sure to source the best salamis, prosciutto, artisan cheese, olives, and freshly baked bread you can get your hands on, and pair them with the kind of wines that will send them into raptures of taste bud-tantalising ecstasy. 

Need help picking out the vino for your charcuterie selection? This article from Food and Wine magazine has you covered!

different cold cuts on a plate

Spring Dinner

Now that the winter months are coming to an end, it’s time to embrace Spring with a seasonal dinner party theme idea that’s sure to get everyone smiling! Springtime brings with it a wide range of delicious ingredients to play with in the kitchen, and whether you’re experimenting with the best of the season’s meats (Spring lamb is a delicacy few are able to resist), or checking out the incredible new crops of vegetables coming into season, there’s plenty to explore and enjoy. 

Spring dinner parties really need to tap into all the colour and joy of this time of year. This party theme allows you to really go over the top with your floral displays, so be sure to pack in plenty of freshly cut flowers, and complement them with decor and decorative items in delicate pastel shades, perfect for celebrating this wonderful season filled with light, laughter, and love.

Adult’s Picnic

We all simply adored picnics when we were kids. They offered us a chance to head out into the sunshine, seek out the perfect spot for laying a blanket on the grass, and tuck into the kinds of foods that never fail to make you smile. Why not recapture that childlike joy with a picnic party of your own, albeit one with a decidedly more grown-up twist? 

You don’t necessarily need to head outdoors to enjoy an adult’s picnic (although London has a plethora of beautiful picnic spots which are definitely worth your attention) - the trick is to try and evoke the feeling of those beloved Spring and Summer picnics we all loved when we were children. Bring out the hampers, and stuff them to the brim with artfully made sandwiches, plenty of fresh and vibrant salads, and some delicious homemade antipasti to be enjoyed either al fresco, or in a beautiful setting of your choice. Be sure to remember to include a few bottles of chilled Champagne, Cremant, or Prosecco - an adult’s picnic would never be complete without a glass of bubbly to complement it!

Breakfast for Dinner

The writer William Somerset Maugham once famously said “to eat well in England, you should have breakfast three times per day”. While British food has undoubtedly come on leaps and bounds since the late 19th century, one thing remains true: we really do know how to kick off the day in the best possible culinary fashion. Toast with preserves, granola with natural yoghurt, pancakes and waffles, croissants, cold cuts, and - of course - the ever-wonderful Full English fry-up are gastronomic joys almost beyond compare. Treat your guests to a brilliantly topsy-turvy dinner party by running a breakfast theme (up the ante by doing it all in your pyjamas!), and enjoy some of the most comforting food the world has to offer.

Dinner Party Theme Ideas That Really
Hit the High Notes

These five top dinner party theme ideas really are just the beginning! Whatever food you’re into, and whatever kind of impression you want to make on your guests and attendees, a bit of creativity and effort really do go a long way when it comes to hosting unforgettable dinner parties that’ll have your friends talking for weeks to come. 

At Mask, we believe that great events come about when we start thinking outside the box, and insisting on going the extra mile for all our clients. This is true whether we’re organising a small and intimate dinner party, or a large-scale conference for thousands of delegates. Making that extra effort and bringing in creative flourishes are what make for truly memorable moments, and that, for us, is what it’s all about. Want to find out more about Mask and what we do best? Get in touch, and discover why we’re considered the finest in the events industry!