Dinner Party Planning Course:

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Level: Beginners and those with some cooking experience

Duration: 2 days

Dates: 16-17 Jun; 14-15 Jul; 11-12 Aug 2014

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– Dinner party workshop over 2 days

– Learn how to deliver a memorable dinner party with you as host

– All props and equipment provided

– Light lunch, tea/coffee/juice/water, fruit and tray bakes included

– Teaches planning, preparation and delivery in a fun environment

– Useful hand outs

Course description:

Course goers will learn to plan for and create a memorable dinner party. They will cover key areas such as selecting a table theme and menu, preparing invites, dinner party etiquette, table settings, catering for guests’ dietary requirements, food preparation and meticulous planning.

Step-by-step instructions will enable participants to feel more confident about their role as host and give them the skills to deliver a seamless event. Course goers will take away useful handouts including formal vs. informal place settings; demystifying dress codes.

Topics covered:

– Table themes for the season

– Menu selection

– Table settings

– Planning, walk-throughs and timings

– Food preparation

– Your role as host

– Pre and post dinner party etiquette


The course is taught in the Dining Room at Le Manoir Saint Gervais. Participants have the use of various props and equipment. Tea and coffee making facilities are available throughout the day in The Study.

This course is for anyone planning a dinner party who wants to learn the building blocks for a successful event. Basic event management will be covered alongside tips and tricks from the experts. If you hold regular dinner parties you will enjoy our seasonal table settings.

About us:

Le Manoir Saint Gervais is a haven for all things vintage/crafty/homely. The team runs workshops, courses and masterclasses  throughout the year for individuals wanting to learn new skills while staying at a boutique B&B, or for expats and their visitors staying locally. We also create bespoke ‘crafty getaways’ for groups wishing to hire the whole house.

Who attends courses at Le Manoir Saint Gervais?

–  Independent visitors to France wishing to explore the local area, learn new skills and meet new people while staying in quality accommodation

– Family groups or groups of friends celebrating a birthday or hen party and looking for activities that everyone can do together whatever their age or ability while staying in quality accommodation

– Groups looking to increase their skills while staying in quality accommodation

– Individual visitors staying locally with friends or family and wanting to learn new skills

– Expats and French nationals living locally wishing to learn new skills and meet new people

Note: partners, family and friends of course goers are welcome to stay at the house and enjoy the local area and what it has to offer.

Please visit our gallery and scroll through photos from recent courses.

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