Fun Dinner Ideas to Inspire Your Own Dinner Club
Posted byAndrea King Collier
If you’re looking for a new way to bring your friends together, think about starting a dinner club. Where the old-fashioned book club gatherings usually have a few nibbles but focus on the book discussion, a dinner club’s focus is all about the food!
Check out these fun dinner ideas to inspire your very own dinner club.
What’s a Dinner Club?
Dinner clubs are gatherings that can either be hosted at members’ homes or set up at local restaurants. While book clubs center around the enlightened discussion, the food is the centerpiece for a dinner club. Some clubs are a great way to meet new people and others are a great new way to get your girlfriends together. The fun dinner ideas are only limited by the members’ imaginations.
Plan a Moveable Feast
When everyone’s up to traveling, visit several restaurants for each course: grab appetizers and drinks at one venue, hop next door for entrées, then go for a nice walk to get dessert.
Because it’s all about fun, pick participants carefully and invite new members slowly. It’s a good idea to take what you want to accomplish into consideration. If you want to just chill with your core group of girlfriends, start there. If you want to expand your circle, ask your friends to bring a friend. Is it strictly girl time or is the invitation extended to guys every once in a while?
Anywhere Can Be Fun
When it comes to fun dinner ideas for your club, there are no limits to locations. Think about having members host both at home, in restaurants or in some other creative locations. Some clubs even mix it up and go to local cooking schools to learn how to cook new dishes and then enjoy the finished product.
Save the Dates
If the dinner club is going to be a regular event in your circle, get the dates on the calendar early and stay consistent. Trying to set the perfect date for everybody, every month can be overwhelming. So go with a recurring date that most guests can attend. Pick a day, like the first Saturday of each month, so that everybody can block it off on her calendar. If each member will host a month, make sure you provide an updated calendar of hosts and venues as well.
Dream up Themes
One of the most exciting parts of the monthly dinner club is coming up with a creative theme. The possibilities are endless, whether you and your friends are going to go to a restaurant or hanging out at home. Fun dinner ideas can be based on anything. Think about an event based on each member’s favorite dish, one with a menu based on your favorite book, a vegetarian feast, or your favorite ethnic food. You can even do one built around wine pairings, burgers, or of course holidays and seasons.
Carry the theme through in the details. Take it to the next level with a DIY centerpiece and great music. If your fun dinner idea is based on a location, like New Orleans, create a playlist of jazz and Zydeco music.
Keep It Affordable and Fun
Remember that the dinner club is all about friends and fun. Leave the competitive hosting at the door, as it can get expensive and put too much pressure on everyone. Potlucks are an option to keep events low-key and stress-free. Each person can bring a dish to pass, based on a set theme, or just because it’s their favorite. It takes the pressure off the hostess.
When your dinner club meets in restaurants, decide how you’ll split the bill and communicate the plan in advance. To avoid awkward moments or hard feelings, set up a method so that every member has the chance to pick up the check for her friends.
If speed-reading novels is stressing you out and you’re looking for more than hors d’ouevres at your book club, a dinner club is a new and improved way to enjoy great food and a great time with your gal pals!
- Posted by Andrea King Collier
- On February 28, 2017