Entertaining is an art. And there are some rules which never go out of style. Here’s how to make your gathering a luxuriously special one
By: Rohal Kohyar, Marketing Manager, Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty
Posted on: September 6, 2019
Entertaining is a huge part of the lifestyle of Dubai. With our melting pot of different cultures, the city has established a stellar reputation in which people come together, mix and socialise. Even our leisure sector celebrates different cultures through its food and entertainment outlets. There isn’t a culinary experience you can’t try in Dubai. From our offices to our schools, our clubs to our hobbies, each environment is smorgasbord of different backgrounds, geographies and experience, all of which act as a catalyst to our growth as members of humanity, and a more global understanding. Not to mention that the pervading cultures of the city have always had a tradition of entertaining and bringing family and friends together on a regular basis.
This ethos is especially evident in the property market as we see each home and development being built around ways to socialise and entertain, from the central parks and community centres to individual majlis (an Arabic term describing special gatherings), giant pool-side patios and roof terraces in villa’s and penthouse apartments.
If you are someone who prides themselves on living the luxury lifestyle, you need to know how to entertain in style. Here are some top tips on ensuring an utterly luxurious and completely unforgettable entertaining experience for your guests.
The main factor that will set your event apart are the little touches that novice hosts would overlook. It is in these elements that you can really demonstrate your flare for entertaining and showcase your skills as the host with the most. Whether this means beautiful linen napkins in bespoke silver rings for a dinner party or customised candles and holders for an outdoor soiree depending on what you might be celebrating, never skip the small stuff – it won’t go unnoticed.
Consider the atmosphere in your favourite restaurant, what is the lighting like? The truth is that lighting can have a huge impact on people’s mood and experience and therefore it needs to be carefully curated for any event you throw. The right tone of brightness or colour filters could mean the difference between whether guests feel welcomed or weirded out. Candlelight is still the most warming and luxurious, although be careful with mixing scents. There are ways to create a similar vibe using string lights or lamps that can be just as becoming. Obviously if you are throwing a larger event, giant strips or arches of fairy lights immediately add an elegant sense of celebration and will often make a party seem far grander than you will have had the budget for.
The sheer amount of entertaining and events that go on in the city does make it a little harder to rise above the rest, but finding a unique way to put a different spin on your party will be worth its weight in gold. There is no better sound than an audible gasp from a guest. It might be intoxicating dry ice buckets for service, edible mist orbs of flavour or even the addition of a vertical garden to give your room a pop of colour and wonder; whatever it is that you choose, make sure it will stand out from the crowd.
What might be the common denominator of every amazing party you attended? Is it possible it was those events at which every whim was indulged, drinks never went dry and every time you turned around there was a delicious nibble awaiting you? Excellent service never goes out of style and your guests should always feel as though their needs are your top priority and that they are always being taken care of. Catering and staffing are readily accessible in Dubai and adding them to your party list will mean that you can relax a bit more having made sure that everything is designed to enhance your guest’s experience.
Rohal Kohyar is the Marketing Manager at Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty, and designs top-line marketing strategy for brand development and intuitive content creation for the region's top luxury real estate firm.