Serving Water at Your Dinner Party

One thing I love about the place where my husband and I often go on dates is that they always leave a bottle of cold water on the table after the waiter fills our glasses. We can refill when we need to, and don’t have to wait for our waiter. And by the way, we always ask for “no ice.” :) It makes the food taste better.

What about entertaining in your home? There have been many times where I’ve forgotten about the “refills.” So now I put the pitcher of water off to the side, on the sideboard where it’s out of the way, but still accessible to our guests. You can also set the pitcher on the table.

A simple glass pitcher, or even some fun water bottles filled with cold water is all you need. And with the water bottles, you can fill them ahead of time, chill in the fridge, then bring out right before it’s dinner time!

Adding lemon or fruit in the summertime also makes the water refreshing!

If serving a crowd, the large water dispensers off to the side with glasses also makes entertaining no fuss!

Water is an extremely simple gesture. One that most everyone appreciates. And it’s proven that it keeps the energy level up!

So, don’t forget the water! :)

How do you serve water for dinner guests?

11 comments on “Serving Water at Your Dinner Party”

  1. pretty good post. i just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that i have really enjoyed reading your blog posts.

  2. Last summer at a wedding, water was the main beverage served and they used fresh fruit for one and fresh mint for another one. I loved the mint water! So refreshing, elegant, and economical (not to mention better for you!). Each one can be different to match whatever you are serving.

  3. Love “pretty” water for dinner or parties.
    Great tips

  4. Always serve water. It’s our drink of choice!

  5. I always have Pellegrino on the table and then I do regular water with lime and mint…love it that way!

  6. We also offer water at every meal. I fill the water glasses about an hour before the guest arrive, and then have 2 pitchers fillled with chilled water for refills. I always have a pitcher of iced tea also, and a couple of bottles of wine for those who want to enjoy a glass. We can never be too organized when we entertain, having the drinks all ready and in pitchers just makes it easier for the host and hostess!!!
    Blessings to you and yours
    Curtis & Sherrie

  7. I’m going to use this tip tonight. We’re have a very casual March Madness basketball get-together (Go Jayhawks!) and I’m going to be sure to set out a pitcher of water with lemons. Thanks for the suggestion.

  8. I enjoy the whole look of a cold pitcher sitting at a table. Usually I keep one filled along side the other beverage choices. Recently, I discovered cucumber slices added in water quite tasty. Love the citrus touches, too.

  9. I think this is brilliant! So many people appreciate having a healthier refreshment, too. Another option is using the fluted jugs, I guess they’re only about a half gallon size? Enough for 2 people. Sandy, why does no ice taste better? It really does. LOL

  10. I have a lovely antique large cruet that I keep filled on the table. I searched high and low for the “perfect” water glasses after spying some on The Barefoot Contessa TV show I loved. Finally found them in an antique store for $2 each.

  11. I do the same- I fill glasses and keep a pitcher near the table. I try to remember to glance around when I see people taking seconds or if we’re continuing to sit and visit a longer time to see if I need to refill.

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