dinner party entertainment ideas

Dinner Party Entertainment Ideas

If you’re a lover of intimate dinner parties but struggle for ideas to keep your guests entertained, this delightful menu of unique ideas will ensure your house party is an unforgettable experience.

From dinner party games to dinner entertainment, let me work my magic and help you elevate the bar at your next birthday bash.

Dinner Party Entertainment Ideas

dinner party entertainment ideas

The Room of Mystery

The Room of Mystery is an enchanting experience that is sure to captivate your dinner guests. As they step into a space transformed by expert close-up magician, Chris, they will be immersed in an atmosphere filled with intrigue and surprise. From mind-blowing illusions performed right under their noses to baffling tricks that defy logic, the Room of Mystery promises to be the highlight of your evening. It’s not just about magic, it’s about creating an experience that engages, enchants, and etches moments of wonder into your guests’ memories. The Room of Mystery is an entertainment choice that marries the intimate setting of a dinner party with the thrill of a magic show, making your event truly unforgettable.

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dinner party entertainment ideas
dinner party entertainment ideas

Why it works

The Room of Mystery format is incredibly suitable for parties due to its interactive nature that fosters a communal experience. Unlike traditional entertainment which can often be a passive experience for attendees, this format encourages active participation, inviting guests to observe closely and interact directly with the magic. This not only spikes their interest but also stimulates lively conversations, kindling a sense of camaraderie and bonding among attendees. In essence, it’s a brilliant blend of suspense, excitement, and conviviality that keeps guests engaged throughout the evening, making your dinner party not just another social gathering, but a spellbinding spectacle.

Don’t Get Got

Don’t Get Got is a great secret mission game that runs in the background of your next dinner party. Each player receives six secret missions. The player who accomplishes three of these missions first emerges as the victor.

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Why it works

Don’t Get Got works brilliantly for dinner parties as it seamlessly blends into the social fabric of the gathering without commandeering the entire evening. It adds a layer of fun and intrigue without disrupting the flow of conversation or dining. The game’s missions are designed to be accomplished through natural actions, which makes it incredibly engaging as guests are constantly on their toes, subtly trying to complete tasks whilst also being wary of others’ actions. The game doesn’t just provide entertainment, but also encourages interaction and laughter among guests, breaking any ice and sparking lively discussions. With Don’t Get Got, your dinner party stays a dinner party, but with an added twist of fun and excitement.

A Murder Mystery

A true party classic which allows guests to become detectives as they solve a murder mystery. With each guest playing a role in the story, this interactive game will keep your guests fully engaged throughout the evening.

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Why it works

Murder Mystery games are perfect for dinner parties as they create an immersive experience that requires active participation from guests. The roles assigned to each player add an element of intrigue and excitement and encourage them to work together to solve the mystery. This game also provides a great opportunity for guests to showcase their acting skills, adding another layer of fun and entertainment to the evening. It’s a perfect mix of thrill, strategy and camaraderie that will keep your dinner party buzzing with energy until the very end. It’s also a chance for your guests to dress up for this special occasion.

A Table Magician

Close-up magic is an amazing way to entertain your guests. I mean, who doesn’t love a little bit of magic, right? But here’s the thing: if you’re throwing a fancy-pants dinner party with, like, 8 to 16 guests, your magician can perform for the whole gang in between the courses. Yeah, you heard me right!

Picture this: you’re all enjoying some mouth-watering starters and mains, or maybe some mains and desserts, and bam! The magician pops up and blows your guests’ minds with some Dynamo-style tricks. It’s like a double whammy of grand food and mind-blowing magic.

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dinner party entertainment ideas
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Why it works

  • A table magician enhances dinner parties with captivating entertainment.
  • It serves as a conversation starter and icebreaker.
  • The combination of magic tricks and delightful food sparks curiosity and excitement.
  • Guests engage in animated discussions and share their thoughts.
  • Witnessing mesmerizing illusions up close fuels speculation and wonder.
  • Guests bond over the common element of surprise and intrigue.

Interactive Games

Party games are fantastic facilitators that help bring all the guests together. Now, before you start getting all salty and exclaim, “A board game at my dinner party? I’d rather watch Dickenson’s Real Deal,” (add any daytime TV show here).

Let me assure you that we’re not talking about those basic games you played at Nanna’s house. The gaming world has made tremendous strides in the past twenty years. Forget about Monopoly and Game of Life; instead, prepare to be introduced to a whole host of games that are more fun than a bag of kittens.

There are so many wonderful party games to help lubricate the social juices but here are a few of my favourites:

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One Night Ultimate Werewolf:

This is no card game. It’s all about bluffing, deduction and manipulating your friends in the most strategic way possible. Picture this: a dinner party with intense discussions and hilarious moments of suspicion. Trust me, it’s an unforgettable evening of entertainment that’ll have you howling with laughter

5 Second Rule

5 Second Rule is a fast-paced, quick-thinking game where players must name three items in a particular category within five seconds, leading to frantic and hilarious responses.

Secret Hitler

Looking for unique dinner party games?

Secret Hitler is a riveting and strategic social deduction game where players, divided into liberals and fascists, must either unmask the secret Hitler among them or manipulate the group to gain political dominance.

Wits and Wagers

Wits and Wagers is an engaging trivia game where players answer questions and then bet on who has the closest estimate, turning anyone’s guess into a potential winner, regardless of whether they know the exact answer. A classic game to whip out after the meal.

Times Up

This one is the ultimate party game and an ever-present when I host a game night. Think charades within 3 rounds where you use the same target answers for each round but with cunning limitations. If you’re looking for a cheap way to entertain guests, pick this up and thank me later!

For more inspiration on games, see this blog post.

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Why it works

  • Games are a genius move to end dull small talks and unleash the competitive beast within your guests.
  • Winning isn’t necessary; it’s all about crafting a fun evening of pure amusement at your birthday party.
  • It’s the surprise ingredient that can turn small groups into laughing hyenas!

A Private Chef

If you want to impress your dinner party guests, why not kick it up a notch by hiring a chef?

Delicious food is not only a great conversation starter but also a tasty way to keep everyone talking!

“Martha, this honey-infused turkey Twizzler is amazing!”

“Thank you. And make sure to save room for the best dish – a deconstructed strawberry compote with eel shredding… it’s mind-blowing!”

If you’ve got the space, why not have your chef arrange a cooking competition with a fun culinary adventure?

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Why it works

  • Hiring a professional chef transforms your dinner party into a lavish culinary experience.
  • It relieves the stress of hosting, allowing you to mingle freely with your guests.
  • Adds an aura of sophistication and novelty.
  • Guests enjoy gourmet meals curated to their preferences.
  • Create food items or a specific cuisine in line with your party theme
  • The chef can share culinary insights, turning the dinner into an interactive cooking masterclass.
  • Offers guests an opportunity to learn expert cooking tips and techniques.
  • A private chef enhances the overall dining experience, making your dinner party stand out.

A Cocktail Bar

You’ve got your scrumptious grub and fantastic party entertainment, and you’re just one piece away from completing this post-dinner entertainment puzzle! Having a cocktail cart is a jolly way of serving up intriguing libations and even better banter. You can either hire a pro to whip up all the classics or, if you’re feeling daring, let your guests concoct their cocktails to bring to the dinner table.

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Why it works

  • A brilliant way to unleash your creativity, all while sticking to your dinner party theme (if you even have one, you fancy pants)
  • Allows your guests to flaunt their mixology skills with a touch of pizzazz.
  • Drinks tailor-made to your guests’ preferences

Silhouette Artist

Here’s an idea that, unlike the mesmerizing close-up magic tricks that demand everyone’s undivided attention, doesn’t require your partygoers to be fully fixated, but still manages to deliver an equally spectacular experience. Picture this: a talented artist stationed right next to your guests, skillfully crafting incredibly realistic profiles. The precision and expertise involved are truly next-level, making it an excellent conversation starter and a delightful keepsake from your dinner party. So, why not add a touch of artistic flair to your event? It’s like magic but with a twist!

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Why it works

  • Adding a silhouette artist to your dinner party introduces an element of charm and elegance that enchants guests.
  • Guests will be fascinated as they observe the artist skillfully transform a simple piece of paper into a remarkable depiction of their likeness.
  • The artwork serves as a unique, personalised keepsake, making your event memorable even after the party ends.
  • Unlike other forms of entertainment, silhouette artistry doesn’t interrupt the flow of conversation, contributing instead to the relaxed atmosphere of the gathering.

Live Music

Live music just hits differently than your meticulously curated Spotify playlist. Sure, you’ll have to shell out more than the £16 you’re already paying, but hey, this dinner party is going to be an absolute banger.

Whether you fancy a string quartet serenading you while you indulge in the chef’s culinary masterpieces or an acoustic duo setting the mood during pre-dinner cocktails, live music is the perfect idea to set the tone and ambience for your epic dinner party.

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Why it works

  • Live music adds an extra layer of entertainment and sophistication to your dinner party.
  • The sound of live instruments creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, perfect for socializing and conversation.
  • You can choose the type of music that best suits your event, whether it’s classical, jazz, or contemporary.

Karaoke

Listen up, I get it. So, you’ve gone ahead and Googled some dinner party entertainment ideas and immediately shrugged off this Japanese phenomenon with a classic eye roll. But hold on a sec, give me a chance to explain!

Now, I get it, karaoke might not be everyone’s cup of tea (or glass of wine), but trust me, it’s a guaranteed way to get your guests belting out tunes and busting a move, having the time of their lives!

What’s the secret, you ask? Well, like most things in life, just get your party guests a bit loosened up with a few Bacardi Breezers and they’ll be rocking Elton John faster than you can say “Pass me the microphone”.

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Why it works

  • Karaoke can also create hilarious and memorable moments, making your dinner party unforgettable.
  • It’s a casual form of entertainment that can fit into any part of the dinner party, from the start to the end.
  • The wide range of songs available ensures there’s something for every musical taste.
  • It’s easy to set up and manage, making it a convenient option for hosts.
  • A karaoke machine is relatively cheap to hire.

Dinner Party Entertainment Ideas

Final Thoughts

A good dinner party relies on several components, from the food to the company, but let’s be honest, it’s the unique and engaging entertainment options that really take it to the next level. I mean, who wants a boring party, right? So why not go all out and add a private chef, a talented artist, or some lively music? These ideas will totally leave your guests impressed and talking about your event long after it ends. Seriously, why stick to the same old routine when you can step outside of your comfort zone and try something new for your next epic soirée? So ditch the chocolate fountain and vanilla ice cream and let’s make it

Who is Chris?

Chris is a professional partygoer and specialises in after-dinner entertainment. His close-up magic provides the perfect conversation starters to help entertain guests up and down the country. Not only does he perform at private parties, but you’ll also find him at a corporate event or a wedding performing magic so cosmopolitan you could sip it from a Martini glass! He also offers a unique format called the Close-Up Corner – a fantastic way to present close-up magic.

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