Paradise on a Platter – Designing the Ultimate Dinner Party in Cabo San Lucas
Who doesn’t love a dinner party, an intimate get-together for 10 to 20 of your closest friends or family featuring food, wine and convivial conversation? It’s an enjoyable, easy to organize celebration with some of the most important people in your life, and you can do it as often as you like, and in any setting you choose.
It’s an occasion geared to fulfilling some of the most basic human needs–from laughter to shared meals and indelible memories–and thus as questions go, our first one really wasn’t very difficult. Simply put: everybody loves dinner parties, which is why for the past few years they’ve been one of the most popular special events to both organize and attend.
The good news for those who’ve long dreamed of organizing a dinner party is that there’s an extraordinary versatility available in terms of vision and design. You can design a dinner party around a particular theme or holiday, or you can use it in conjunction with a birthday party, wedding, anniversary or other celebration. And the dinner party is modest enough in scope–remember, under 20 guests–that you can add interesting design elements or upgrades without straining your budget beyond the breaking point.
An excellent example of this sort of upgrade would be the destination dinner party. Think a seven-course food and wine pairing for a few of your closest friends would be fun? How about integrating a dinner party into a shared vacation, with gorgeous beaches and spectacular ocean views added to the menu? Or perhaps you’re already in a sun-kissed tropical paradise like Cabo San Lucas for a wedding or birthday party, and a dinner party provides one more opportunity to share special moments.
Whatever your reasons, we’re happy to help. Here are three keys to designing the ultimate dinner party in Cabo San Lucas.
Location, Location, Location
The first law of destination dinner parties just happens to be exactly the same as the first law of real estate: location, location, location.
Your dinner party will take place in Cabo San Lucas, after all; the place where celebrities go to get away from it all; where barefoot luxury is the standard; where two major bodies of water–the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez–meet at Land’s End; and where virtually every venue features picturesque vistas of golden sand beaches and horizon-stretching waves of sun-dappled cerulean blue.
Even assuming eye-popping views for your ultimate dinner party in Cabo San Lucas, however, there are still many other location alternatives to consider.
Do you opt for a cliffside luxury villa in the exclusive Pedregal neighborhood, with spectacular terrace and poolside views, as well as elegantly appointed kitchen and dining areas?
Or do you choose a condo overlooking Playa El Médano, the biggest and most popular beach in Cabo San Lucas, with magnificent sunset views of the evocative granite monuments that stretch to Land’s End?
Or do you prefer that you and your guests are actually on a beach, digging bare toes into soft sand as you work your way through half a dozen courses and wine pairings?
There’s more to consider than it may seem at first glance, and your location decision should also take into account several other factors, including your budget, the number of people attending, and the overall design theme for the evening.
The Importance of Theme
A theme needn’t be a gimmicky device like a costume party or murder mystery dinner, but simply an aesthetic framework that balances or pulls together all the disparate design elements for your ultimate dinner party in Cabo San Lucas.
There are three responses to a design, Milton Glaser once said: “Yes, no and WOW!” The goal should be a “WOW” from your guests, not through ostentatious display or gimmicks, but through the skillful use of design and décor to elicit an emotional response, a reaction that makes people excited to be a part of your special event.
Since you’re planning a destination dinner party in México, why not choose a Mexican theme? Not only does the country boast one of the world’s most delicious cuisines, but a wealth of iconic imagery and accents guaranteed to bring bright colors and festive atmosphere to your “ultimate dinner party in Cabo San Lucas”.
Distinctive hand-crafted linens and blankets, pottery, piñatas, papel picado streamers and other decorative touches will help you turn a dinner party into something more closely resembling a dinner fiesta. A mariachi band and a dedicated tequila station also add zest to the fiesta ambiance.
¡Vamonos a la Playa!
What’s a more appropriate dinner party theme for a seafood rich coastal oasis like Cabo San Lucas than a clambake? It doesn’t hurt that the region’s famed chocolate clams (chocolate refers to the color, not the taste) are perfect headliners for a destination feast on the beach.
Beach parties of all kinds are popular in Cabo San Lucas, and in their most traditional presentation are designed around signature Baja Sur architectural accents like palapas and palo de arco pergolas. Call it Baja Rustic, with wooden tables, handcrafted plates and glassware, and atmospheric accents like lanterns and tiki torches.
Ultimately for a dinner party on the beach, however, the focus should shine on the beautiful setting, with its tropical breezes and wave-lapped shoreline.
Simple Elegance, Cabo Style
Those who prefer their events to be of the upscale variety will have little trouble finding elegant furnishings and accents for their dinner party in Cabo San Lucas. Subtle mood lighting, richly woven linens and runners, silver and gold accented plates, glasses and candlesticks, plus gorgeous flower arrangements provide an eye-catching yet tasteful backdrop for an evening dedicated to fine dining and convivial conversation.
And if simple elegance alone isn’t enough to wow your guests, add a few over-the-top extras, like a fireworks display, or a cigar rolling station and smoking lounge.
Choose Cabo Linens, Things & More
Cabo Linens, Things & More is the premier event design and décor firm in Baja California Sur, best known for our talented team of designers, but also acclaimed for our large inventory of event focused furnishings and accessories. We’ll help you add color and contour to your Cabo San Lucas dinner party, starting from an initial one-on-one consultation to help tease out your vision for event, then progressing to digital models and three-dimensional floor plans before finally making the whole event experience come brilliantly, breathtakingly alive.
Call (619) 819-9180 today for an initial consultation, and make 2019 the year you finally commit to designing the ultimate dinner party in Cabo San Lucas. Trust us: your guests will be thanking you for years to come.