Dinner Party Entertainment Ideas
Hi, I’m Roger Lapin a Close up Magician based in Hampshire UK who is the premier choice for entertainment at Dinner Parties across the UK – and all types of dinner party entertainment!
If you are planning a dinner party and looking for some dinner party entertainment ideas, have a look at my top 10 list of some of the best entertainers around Hampshire and the Home Counties.
Each entertainer has a short description and a link to their website, whatever your taste you should be able to find the perfect entertainment for your dinner party. The first entry is me, “Well it is my website..!”
This page is focussed on dinner party entertainment ideas for adults.
1. Close up Magician
Add some magic to your evening with one of the finest Close up Magicians in the UK.
If you are looking for entertainers for dinner parties Roger Lapin has been amazing guests at all kinds of events for over 21 years, he is a member is a member of the world famous Magic Circle and guaranteed to give your guests a magical experience they will not forget!
Roger is a Hampshire Magician based near Southampton and available to hire across the UK for a select few parties every month. Watch the showreel above to him in action.
A great choice for “come dine with me entertainment” for your adult party.
Keep reading for some more great after dinner entertainment ideas for dinner parties
“All the guests loved the Magic – Thank you!”
Unique Party Entertainment
A saxophonist will give a much smoother, rich ambience. Playing soulful music, a Saxophonist will perform for your guests giving them an original background sound!
You cannot beat the sound of a Saxophone!
Wendy has played for many years both on the professional circuit and performs solo as well as in bands. Alongside all the solo work Wendy undertakes, she also directs her own 8 piece jazz funk fusion band Spiral, performs regularly with her jazz outfit Coco Jazz and the sax and vocal duo, Saxuality.
3. Fun Casino
Setup a private casino in your living room with Blackjack, Poker or Roulette. You play with fun money but the competition is high. Using full size casino tables – it’s just like the real thing. If you are looking for evening entertainment ideas a fun casino is a great choice.
Viva Las Vegas are a family run business based in the south of England
They are a professional, friendly, experienced, family team established for over 20 years. Providing an exceptional service.
4. Silhouette Artist
Imagine a skilled artist cutting the silhouette of each of your guests out of a piece of black card and then presenting it to them in a card they can keep forever.
Charles Burns has cut many notable portraits, including two silhouettes of the Queen. He is the UK’s busiest silhouette artist, working at a huge variety of events at home and overseas.
5. String Quartet
If you want the soundtrack to your party to be a cello & violin you need to hire a string quartet. Professional musicians playing classic or modern music, it’s the perfect soundtrack to your party.
The 4Strings Quartet is an experienced professional Hampshire wedding string quartet based in Portsmouth.
They provide competitively priced quality live music for all types of corporate functions and private parties.
They also offer a violin and cello string duo for the smaller event.
6. Murder Mystery
How about turning your evening into a murder mystery night, certainly unusual party entertainment but very different!
A murder has been committed and you and your guests need to work out who the killer is?
Their Murder Mystery Party is the perfect answer for a fun evening – perhaps an intimate dinner with friends, a Hen or Birthday Party or any get-together where you want to immerse yourself and play both suspect AND detective in your own event.
7. Ice Sculpture
The ICE Agency are specialists in vodka ice luges, ice sculptures, live ice carving displays, themed décor, chocolate fountains, ice bars, event management, ice cube and dry ice, audio visual, ice table centres and much more for more than 20 years.
They cover the UK and Overseas with ther Ice Creations and are a global ice carving company. Their designs are competitively priced and they will happily beat any quote you have received.
8. Chocolate Fountain
What could be more unique and fun than indulging in a chocolate fountain?
The finest ingredients and ripest fruits will surround the fountain, using belgian chocolate and an elegant array of dipping items.
Chocolate Coast provides professional fountain hire for all special occasions and functions covering the South Coast.
A fun idea for your dinner party guests is to send them home with a hand drawn cartoon image of themselves.
A caricaturist will take your guests one by one and within 10 minutes present them with a cartoon likeness which they can take home and remember your party for ever!
David from grovescartoons.co.uk has been entertaining at events as a freelance caricaturist since 2012 and attends over 120 plus events each year. He has a wealth of experience of caricaturing clients.
10. Singing Waiters
Imagine half way through your meal, the waiters who have been serving your food and wine burst into song ranging from pop to opera. You can choose the songs and really surprise your guests with something they definitely were not expecting!
The Singing Staff have been performing across the UK for the last 9 years and only use professional singers and west end stars.
If you are getting married check out my wedding entertainment ideas page for other event entertainment ideas.
Formal Dinner Party Entertainment Ideas
You could decide to just play some party games for small groups, like Monopoly or Cluedo, but I think having live entertainment at your party is the best way to go! Roger Lapin is a professional Magician for hire and the perfect choice.
Small Dinner Party Entertainment Ideas
If you are just planning a small party games might be your best option, a lot of the options above might be out of your price range if you are only expecting 10 guests. A Magician is a great choice for a small party as they work perfectly for an intimate performance of close up magic. Check out my House Party Entertainment Ideas page for more inspiration!
Great for a wedding reception as well!
After Dinner Entertainment
If you are looking for some after dinner entertainment ideas, working as a Magician this is a very popular time for me to perform. Either during the coffee or desert, I will perform a short show to the entire table providing a great finish to your evening.
Frequently asked questions
There are two choices if you want to entertain your party guests. Hire some live entertainment or do the entertainment yourself. If you really want your guests to remember your party for a long time, I would highly recommend hiring a Magician!
They key to making your dinner party special is to take time to plan the evening and ensure you think about your guests and what they enjoy doing. The element of surprise is always good, giving them something they are not expecting. Another thing I always do is to make sure each guests brings either a desert or a bottle or both!
You have 2 options, either you are a born entertainer and you can entertain your guests yourself, or you can hire a professional. There are plenty of suggestions here and as I have said before a Close up Magician is a great idea!
There are a few ways to spice up a party, but the best way is to hire some surprise entertainment. A Magician is a great choice for surprise entertainment, or you could hire a stripper if you fancy even more spice!
|Types of Entertainment||Description|
|Close up Magician||Great for all ages, performing magic for your guests|
|Saxophonist||Chilled tunes for the Ibiza vibe|
|Fun Casino||Great for that competitive edge, gambling without the risk|
|Chocolate Fountain||Not really entertainment, but great fun!!|
If you have any more entertainment ideas for a dinner party please let me know and I can add them to the list.
I hope this list of dinner party entertainment ideas has given you some inspiration, and if you are local and looking for a Magician I look forward to meeting you!
- Dinner Party Entertainment Ideas
- 1. Close up Magician
- Unique Party Entertainment
- 2. Saxophonist
- 3. Fun Casino
- 4. Silhouette Artist
- 5. String Quartet
- 6. Murder Mystery
- 7. Ice Sculpture
- 8. Chocolate Fountain
- 9. Caricaturist
- 10. Singing Waiters
- Formal Dinner Party Entertainment Ideas
- Small Dinner Party Entertainment Ideas
- After Dinner Entertainment
- Frequently asked questions