The Queen’s dinner parties (we imagine), would be an amazing affair filled with plenty of interesting, wealthy people, delicious dishes, and extravagant grandeur. If you’re throwing a dinner party, then you couldn’t go far wrong by trying to emulate her majesty. In this how to guide, we’re going to give you pointers so you can throw an amazing party, just like (we imagine) the Queen would. Enjoy!
Practice your table manners
Table manners are more than simply using the right cutlery, they’re about remaining gracious and polite at all times. Never talk with your mouth full, chew your food with your mouth closed and make sure you do it quietly, don’t criticize others, and remain pleasant at all times. If you like, you could even start talking like the Queen by referring to yourself as ‘one’. If somebody forgets their table manners you could tell them, ‘one is not amused’.
Learn how to lay the table
A properly laid table is essential at a formal dinner party, and we know that the Queen would have it done properly. You need to make sure that you have a nice tablecloth, and that your plates, cutlery, and signature plus napkins are all in the right place before you seat your guests.
Request that everybody turn up in formal attire
A dinner party thrown by the Queen would probably involve a lot of fancy attire, so make sure you request that everybody wear their best outfit on your invitations. You could wear something similar to the Queen, perhaps a sunshine yellow skirt and blazer combo with matching hat? Whatever you decide to wear, make sure that it’s worthy of a Royal wedding.
Serve posh food
A dinner party thrown by the queen would include the poshest, tastiest, most expensive food out there. We expect that guests would dine on Beluga Caviar, white truffles, and lobster or foie gras. When it comes to your menu, serve up the fanciest, tastiest food you can afford.
Hire a few butlers or ‘assistants’
We doubt that the queen would do anything herself at her own dinner party – could you imagine her clearing away plates, or serving up dessert? Thought not! She’d have a few specially trained butlers or assistants to help serve the food, clear away plates, refill drinks, and cater to the wants of the guests. Have your assistants call you ‘ma’am’ to make things more realistic.
Serve copious amounts of tea
We doubt that the Queen would get drunk at her dinner party, or that the guests would guzzle down wine and champagne. Who wants to make a fool of themselves in front of her majesty? Perhaps serve your guests one or two glasses of champagne, but afterwards we think it would be copious amounts of tea served in porcelain teacups to keep the party going.
Play classical music
A great playlist can help to set the mood of a dinner party, and there’s no doubt in our mind that Queeny would blare the classical music as loud as she could get it.
Follow our advice, and you’ll host a formal dinner party that the Queen would be proud of!
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