With taking care of the kids, setting up playdates, and running errands, you’re likely a very busy mom. You do so much for others. You deserve to do something nice for yourself as well. So, this is a great time to call up your friends and have a nice kid-free dinner party where you can relax and let loose a little. It can be daunting to set up a fun party that everyone will enjoy, but with some research and the ideas of moms who came before you, you’re sure to find the perfect setup for your party.
Here are some ideas to make the party a hit so you can have fun with the adults for a while.
Consider a theme
The easiest way to choose your party’s decorations, food, and games is to select a theme you like and use it to get the ball rolling. There are many party theme ideas that you can consider based on your interests and budget. If you’re super busy, you could have a traditional party where you put out a table, nice chairs, streamers, and other basic decorations. If you have a fire pit, you could arrange dinner, sit around the fire, roast marshmallows, and reminisce about the good old days.
There are other ideas if you want to kick things up a notch. If you love movies, you could throw a party inspired by the silver screen, and everyone can dress up as their favorite celebrity. After dinner, head outside and watch a film from your youth using a projector and a large sheet that’s hung over the fence. If you want to go all out, turn the dinner into a murder mystery. It gives everyone a chance to be their own character, and there are many mystery ideas that you can find online.
You can introduce different games at the party that require various levels of setup and preparation. Simple games can include “Never Have I Ever” and “Would You Rather,” where you ask questions and have fun without leaving the table. If this is a dinner for couples, consider pairing up and playing classic games like Charades and Pictionary, which never get boring.
Prepare the house and backyard
With your theme in mind, it’s time to prepare your home for the festivities. Take steps to clean and declutter your house so it looks nice and you eliminate tripping hazards. Also, put fresh towels in the bathroom and ensure that you have enough seating.
If the season is warm and you have the space, the best way to keep your home clean and ensure everyone has a good time is to have the party in the backyard. When setting up your outdoor event, check the weather; if it will be cold or rainy, consider a different day.
Next, you’ll want to put out the furniture. Be strategic here and put seating and tables in shaded areas, especially on hot days. Don’t forget the lighting. Put up string lights to create illumination while providing a cozy vibe. If you don’t have many trees or plants in your yard, consider bringing potted plants, like a citrus tree. You can use the fruit to whip up some cocktails. Any green trees will create an atmosphere of comfort that can be the perfect finishing touch for your event.
This could also be the time when you set up game areas for the guests to enjoy. You could put out a basketball hoop or a volleyball net. The best part is that after the party is over, you can continue to use that space for your family.
Create the menu
No dinner party is complete without great food and tasty drinks, so think about what your guests may like and get organized and ready for the big day. There are various ideas you can consider for the food. You could organize the meals with your guests and set up a potluck dinner where everyone brings their favorite dish. Another fun idea is to have breakfast for dinner and eat waffles, eggs, and pancakes under the moonlight.
It’s a good idea to talk to your guests beforehand and ensure there will be some type of dish that everyone can enjoy. Some folks may have dietary restrictions, while others may want a healthier meal or simple dishes like sandwiches.
A great way to bring the party to the next level is to host a wine and cheese party, where you provide a variety of cheeses and complimentary condiments, like pickles and olives. There are many ways to make your wine dinner a success. You can make it an extra classy affair by setting lower light, regardless of whether you’re inside or outside. Sometimes, even candlelight is best. Put on some classical music, which will likely starkly contrast what you put on for your kids.
When you prepare the food, think about great food and wine pairing, like rosé and cheese or Sauvignon Blanc and salad. Keep in mind that not everyone will want to drink alcohol, so consider at least a few mocktails. Options could include a dry cranberry spritzer with cranberry and grapefruit soda or a Shirley Ginger with club soda and lemon-lime ginger beer.
This kid-free dinner party is your chance to let loose and do the things you love with the friends you’ve had for years, so think about what you like most and go for it. When you enjoy your life, and you’re happier because of it, you’ll be the best mom you can be.