Mar 16, 2024 - Real Estate

Denver's dinner party renaissance is here

A tablescape by North Carolina-based dinner party wares rental company Canary. Photo: By Emily Bennett, courtesy of Beth Nash

A tablescape by North Carolina-based dinner party wares rental company Canary. Photo: Emily Bennett, courtesy of Beth Nash

Foodies have dubbed 2024 the year of the dinner party, but these aren't your parents' gatherings.

Why it matters: Entertaining at home is one way for people to get the connection they crave, on a budget.

State of play: Searches for "dinner parties" on Evite increased 148% from this time last year, according to data the online invitation company shared with Axios.

  • Millennials and Gen Zers are especially leaning into their "hosting era," with an emphasis on creative tablescapes and themed experiences.
  • That's partly because "visually appealing content around hosting is highly valued and widely shared" on TikTok and Instagram, Olivia Pollock, senior brand director at Evite, tells Axios.

Dig in: If you really want to impress your guests, decorated Denver chef Jennifer Jasinski recommends serving a tuna log with a fresh batch of yuzu margaritas, or something bubbly like Billecart Salmon Brut Rosé.

  • Buy a tuna log from the butcher (1 pound feeds about five people for an appetizer).
  • Coat it in black pepper and cracked coriander, then quickly sear each side on high with canola or another neutral oil.
  • Let it chill, slice it, top it with a touch of finishing salt, and serve each slice with olive tapenade. (We're trying out this two-step recipe from The Mediterranean Dish.)

Zoom out: A host of dinner party startups like Hauste and Canary are catering to younger adults, at a time when dining out is still expensive and many have soured on drinking.

  • The businesses aim to make food-focused fetês easier to pull off, offering menu ideas, plate rentals, Spotify playlists and other services.

What's next: More couples are opting for intimate dinner parties over large wedding receptions.

  • Pinterest searches for "wedding dinner party" grew 150% year-over-year, according to the platform's 2024 trend report.

Go deeper: How to make the most of your dinner party

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