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Bright and Airy Café With Working Bar in London
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Vibrant Spacious Restaurant Belfast City Centre
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Creative Yet Elegant Venue for up to 70 people
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Best Indian Restaurant in Ealing
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The Glasshouse
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Stunning Versatile Event Space
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Authentic Indian Bar and Restaurant
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Perfect Cafe in Nun Monkton
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About Dinners

Dinner parties present a fun way to bring friends and family together to share great food alongside wonderful conversations. As a business owner or mid-level manager, hosting a business dinner party for clients and colleagues is one of the ways to foster work relationships and also pursue ambitions of moving up in the corporate world.

The food aspect of any evening gathering works in your favor, particularly if it's a themed event that sets out to offer your guests a unique experience. Celebratory dinners favor myriad occasions from job promotions, graduations, retirement parties, rehearsal dinners, and galas. To sum it up, dinner events are all about gathering people at a suitable venue to share food, drinks, and overall, to enjoy each other’s company

The planning process begins with locking down an impressive dinner space, and this guide extends a helping hand in that regard.

The Best Dinner Venues

Maybe you are gunning for a job promotion or just landed the position you've worked hard for. Perhaps the love of your life got down on one knee and popped the big question or you are reconnecting with family and friends. Either scenario is a good enough excuse to host a celebratory gathering, and here are a couple of unique dinner venue options to explore.

  • Restaurants and Cafes
    It's natural that most folks will choose a restaurant or cafe setting to host a meal-based gathering. They are great dinner venues because a majority include movable furniture allowing you to change things up to suit your particular event. There's also the added plus of access to an in-house kitchen and waitstaff, audio/visual setups, and on-site parking.

  • Commercial Kitchens
    The heat is always in the kitchen, and you can turn things a notch higher by hosting a gathering at a commercial kitchen space. Dinner guests will appreciate the experience of watching a professional chef whip up their meals or even join in the process of cooking some of the menu items.

  • Wineries and Breweries
    Food goes down well accompanied by a good brew to wash it down. Elevate your guests’ experience by making the occasion a wine-tasting or beer-sampling event. There are selections of wineries and breweries that also double up as perfect dinner sites for various occasions. Why not lock down a venue like a vintage industrial brewery for your upcoming dinner party?

  • Vans and Motorhomes
    Many folks are embracing the van-life and motorhome movement, even if it's only for an evening. There are selections of eclectic and cozy motorhomes that are also rented out as event spaces. They are perfect for hosting intimate gatherings or a truly unique dinner party for a small group of people.

What to Look for in Dinner Spaces

Whether yours is a social or corporate dinner party; you'll want to provide your guests with a memorable and enjoyable experience. It goes past the process of narrowing down an impressive dinner location, and several factors collectively contribute to the success of the event.

  • Catering
    Perhaps food is the major aspect that needs sorting out off the bat when hosting a dinner party. The catering arrangement is dependent on the specific dinner venue, and some might offer in-house services while others allow you to source for it externally. A few locations have terms outlining food and beverage minimums to qualify for hosting your event within their premises.

  • Layout
    While just about every dinner site will come with tables and chairs alongside other basic furnishings, the layout varies. Venues that allow you to move things around are particularly helpful if you are hosting a large number of guests and need to create a specific layout for the evening.

  • Ambiance
    Setting the tone for your dinner party helps in the entire process of providing an experience. The majority of dinner sites provide themed decoration and table arrangement services as part of the package deal. It's especially helpful when working with outdoor spaces which typically require more dressing up.

  • Parking
    A dinner party is a truly special occasion and if you swing for a fancy venue then it goes without saying that other elements tied to the event should follow suit. Offering valet parking will undoubtedly impress your guests alongside transportation to the dinner location if need be.

  • Entertainment
    When people gather, they are also expecting to have a great time and that's where entertainment comes in. Several dinner locations provide selections of in-house entertainment choices including DJs, comedians, MCs, and live bands.

Dinner Inspiration

Dinner gatherings have the unique element of unfolding in the evening which is in itself an added advantage. Most folks are often free to attend and you'll still want to make it worth their while by exceeding their expectations. Here are a few dinner site inspirations that should give you ideas.

  • A Rehearsal Dinner at a Rooftop, Patio, or Outdoor Space
    There's something about the nighttime atmosphere combined with outdoor spaces that creates pure magic. Guests will enjoy the breath of fresh air that comes with an outdoor venue for a dinner event because it often includes plenty of ambient lighting creating a romantic feel. That's why rooftops, patios, and other outdoor spaces are ideal dinner sites for occasions like rehearsal dinners, wedding showers, and anniversary dinners.

  • Reunion Dinner at a Restaurant
    Restaurants are classic choices for various celebratory events including reunions. They are primed to host guests with the basics like food, drinks, and furnishings taken care of in-house. Most also provide different rental packages to suit their clients' budgets and needs.

  • A Product Launch at a Commercial Kitchen
    Suppose your food-based business is celebrating its first successful year or years in the market. With a new product ready to hit the shelves, you can host a demo launch at a commercial kitchen to mark the milestone. It gives guests the first taste of your latest addition which also doubles as a treat.

  • Stag Parties at Breweries
    What better way to give a groom a worthy send-off into married life than by treating him to a night out at a brewery? Such locations provide selections of beer to sample and provide in-house catering services to boot. Even better, some provide the choice of hosting your event in an outdoor or indoor setting.

  • An Engagement Party at a Motorhome
    After popping the big question, the only thing that can top it up is hosting an engagement party at a unique venue. Motorhomes provide simple yet charming spaces that favor diverse intimate gatherings. The majority also double as accommodation which allows you and your guests to spend the night.


President Nixon eats with Premier Chou En-lai and Chang Chun-chiao at a farewell banquet.
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Written by: Leah Burbach

5 dinner parties that changed the course of history

Alliances are forged, tempers ignite, and global politics shift—a lot can happen over dinner and cocktails.

No matter the time, a dinner invitation carries a certain significance. Sitting down for a meal with friends, colleagues, or rivals has been used across cultures and centuries as an opportunity to network, share, and celebrate.

Queens and kings used lavish banquets to showcase wealth, prosperity, and power. In midcentury America, dinner parties were often a performance of rising social status and a means to solidify important connections. The invitation to the proverbial seat at the table can even serve as a signal for trust and transparency among adversaries.

Giggster identified five legendary get-togethers and analyzed the context, major players, and historical significance. Unforgettable dinner parties have been the inciting force behind shifting politics, revolutions, and movements. However, sometimes, the historical interpretation can become more legendary than the event itself. Who could forget when Jesus invited his friends to dinner during Passover, changing the course of Christianity by predicting and toasting his betrayal and death?

Read on to learn more about the more memorable gatherings that shaped the world as we know it.

Premier Zhou Enlai and President Richard Nixon toast each other.
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Nixon's presidential banquets in China (1972)

In the early 1970s and deep in the Cold War, the United States and the People's Republic of China expressed mutual distrust and ideologically opposed each other. Although that frosty relationship did not change overnight, banquets with President Richard Nixon and Premier Zhou Enlai in attendance proved a monumental step in breaking the ice.

Nixon's trip to China in 1972 marked the first time an American president had traveled to the Communist country while in office. On this momentous trip, Nixon and Zhou sat down to several formal dinners attended by the press and broadcast worldwide. During the farewell banquet, Nixon and Zhou toasted peace, harmony, and hopes for the future.

The success of this visit signaled a critical turning point for China: The diplomatic relationship forged between the U.S. and China played a crucial factor in the growing power's modernization and its elevating status among the international community.

Commemorative print depicting Booker T. Washington dining with President Roosevelt. The tablecloth has the word equality written on it.
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Teddy Roosevelt and Booker T. Washington's White House dinner (1901)

While the turn of the 20th century marked a more progressive era for the United States, violently enforced racial segregation remained the law of the land.

In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington, a Black educator, writer, and leader, to dinner at the White House in an otherwise commonplace presidential practice of meeting with leading intellectuals. Although both free and enslaved Black people had visited the White House in some capacity at that point, the 1901 formal dinner invitation represented for many a symbol of social equality that could not be tolerated.

The South, a region already governed by terrorism as a means to control the Black population, erupted into fierce condemnation of Roosevelt and Washington receiving death threats.

The aftermath of a simple dinner invitation revealed the depth of America's commitment to segregation. It foreshadowed the violence the South was willing to undertake in the decades to come to protect this perceived rule. The government policies continued to endorse segregation by law until the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional in 1954.

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Mather Brown.
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The Dinner Table Bargain (1790)

The Compromise of 1790 was one of the most impactful bargains in American history and set an important precedent for negotiation standards in U.S. politics. According to Thomas Jefferson's account, attendees established the details of this compromise over dinner.

Early in the country's governing history, Congress was in an unflinching deadlock over two key issues: the central government's role in settling states' debts and the location of the country's capital. In an effort to untangle the legislature, Jefferson invited political rivals Alexander Hamilton and James Madison over for dinner to hash out the disputes once and for all.

After the dinner, the three agreed to a compromise that allowed passage of legislation that would let the federal government assume the states' war debts and locate the capital on the Potomac.

Although the details of the struck deal remain mysterious, the dinner remains one of the earliest examples of reciprocity, or "logrolling," as a means to get things done in Congress. This practice lives on today as a Congressional norm.

Jean-Louis Prieur’s depiction of Banquet of the Garde du Corps.
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The King's party at Versailles (1789)

During the French Revolutionary period, the French royal family notoriously carried on in luxury at the Palace of Versailles while Parisians suffered through poor harvests, famine, and inflation. A lavish dinner party in the palace proved to be the lit match inside the powder keg of the materializing revolution.

On Oct. 1, 1789, the King's Guards held a banquet for 210 guests in the Opera House at Versailles. The royal family was welcomed with cheers, the orchestra played, and soldiers swore undying loyalty to the king in wine-fueled toasts. This act of opulence and monarchic loyalty was the final, egregious straw for Parisians who could not afford bread to feed their families.

As news of the banquet reached Paris, a crowd marched to Versailles, attacked the palace, and demanded economic relief and the King's return to Paris. The event known as the Women's March was one of the earliest and most significant events of the unfolding Revolution. It successfully forced King Louis XVI and his family out of Versailles and back to Paris.

Maerten de Vos painting of The Last Supper.
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The Last Supper (circa 33 C.E.)

Although the Last Supper is undoubtedly one of the most important recorded events in Christian theology, the widespread debate over Jesus' words almost overshadows the significance of the event itself.

Gospel accounts generally agree that upon Jesus' return to Jerusalem, he invited his 12 disciples for a gathering in which he predicted the betrayal that led to his arrest and conveyed his impending sacrifice for humanity. At this supper, he also blessed the bread and wine, stating that it was his body and blood, starting an important ritual replayed in every Catholic mass to this day.

The Gospel record of Jesus' words and actions institutionalized many doctrines characterizing early Christianity, including salvation through sacrifice, a covenant between God and the people, and forgiveness. Roman Catholics regard his language about the bread and body literally and maintain the belief that once consecrated by the priest, the bread and wine transformed into Jesus' body and blood.

Other interpretations of scripture claim Jesus was speaking in metaphor. Protestant reformers utilized the dispute over this language to criticize and eventually split from the Church during the Reformation. This era of Christian history divided nations, led to widespread persecution, and shaped migration patterns throughout the world.

Story editing by Carren Jao. Copy editing by Kristen Wegrzyn.