No good gathering is complete without a soundtrack. So in our second-to-last Summer Dinner Party Inspiration post, we're tackling music. (And if you haven't already, check out decor, menu, and dessert inspo here.)
Music for your party doesn't have to be complicated or fancy -- a simple iPod playlist will do. And with devices like Sonos and Amazon's Echo, there are plenty of ways for you to seamlessly integrate music into your dinner party setting (whether you're celebrating inside or outside).
For a Summer dinner party I'd suggest great background music that will not be too disruptive or interrupt conversation. Music that is interesting and a little out of the ordinary could be nice since it could be a talking point if you're ever in need of a conversation starter. If you're having more of a themed dinner (say, a Hawaiian dinner party), go with theme-appropriate music.
Below are my suggestions for a good non-themed dinner party playlist:
-any of the Café del Mar albums -- Café del Mar music reminds me of what you hear at beautiful hotels and restaurants across Europe. Channel that energy into you dinner party and you're set.
-bossa nova -- I think bossa nova is a perfect fit for a Summer dinner party. It's relaxed and beautiful music that will complement a laid-back dinner party perfectly.
-a compilation of John Legend & Norah Jones songs -- Both soulful singers, a playlist featuring these two artists (plus a few others of similar quality) would be beautiful.
-anything by Vitamin String Quartet -- This group plays instrumental versions of famous songs as well as current pop hits. It's fabulous background music and sometimes guests like to play "name that tune" and guess which song is playing.
Those are just a few of my musical choices for a fun Summer dinner party. What are your favorite picks? Let us know in the comments!