UPDATED May 1, 2018
While you may prefer the amped-up sound of rap and rock for a good time with your friends, with dinner it’s different. If you find your guests are tapping their feet to the beat and playing air guitar at the table, your playlist is wrong. A background music dinner-party playlist should include songs that don’t thump or crescendo too much and as a whole it should flow well into one another. The goal is to allow your guests to calmly enjoy the taste of all that hard work you put into preparing the food and participate in conversation without having to raise their voice over the music.
There is plenty of mellow electronic music out there to select from, along with world music and classic jazz that will round out your groovy list perfectly. When it comes to selecting music for your dinner playlist, remember to make the flow smooth between songs. “You don’t want abrupt transitions, because you want the music to enhance the dinner, not distract from it,” Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart, cohosts of Chicago’s “Eric and Kathy Morning Show” on the MIX, 101.9 FM, told Real Simple. And make sure the music isn’t too loud; if you can hear the music with the door closed in the next room, lower the volume.
Here are some of Mamiverse’s recommend playlists that always seem to win while the wine is being poured:
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