Mar 16, 2024 - Real Estate

The Twin Cities dinner party renaissance is here

outdoor dinner party spread with pink tablecloth

A tablescape by 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.

Zoom in: The Twin Cities' dinner party scene is growing, particularly among younger generations, according to Minneapolis interior designer Juliana Ghani, who posts TikTok videos about elevating spaces for less.

  • "I've noticed some of my friends who typically don't ever cook are even setting their tables nicely and ordering takeout and plating it special," Ghani tells Axios.

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 leaning into their "hosting era" with 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.

The big picture: 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 curated dinner party guides, plate rentals, Spotify playlists and other services.
Table: Axios Visuals
Table: Axios Visuals

Between the lines: We asked tastemakers locally and around the country about the latest dinner party trends.

  • "There is no shame in the store-bought game," says Kari Campbell, owner of a Minneapolis-based interior design firm.
  • Campbell suggests outsourcing some of your hosting duties to the grocery store or your favorite restaurant, then serving those items in pretty bowls.
  • Consider a dress code and jazz music playing low in the background, Ghani says. "You don't want to only hear forks hitting the plate."

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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