Everything you need to host the perfect dinner party

Words By Saj Azam

Five Minute Read

Set the scene for a real reunion with a dreamy Santa & Cole table lamp

Be the Host With the Most

The season of hosting is upon us. A night of good food, friends, family and drinks — the best way to create and share fond memories with your nearest and dearest. While dinner parties are a rewarding experience and an opportunity to dazzle your guests with your Michelin-level cooking skills, knowing where to start can feel daunting.

Become the talk of the town in a few simple steps. It's time to brush up on the what and how of hosting with our tips, that'll guarantee you're the host of the year, every year. What are you waiting for? Let the festivities begin.

01.

Who are you inviting?

The first step in your hosting mission is to create your guest list and ensure you have enough seats, cutlery, glasses and dishes to accommodate. Set the date and invite your guests at least two weeks before, making sure you have all the confirmations.

If you're looking for the complete dining cutlery set, we recommend this 16 piece set from heritage, Danish brand Kay Bojesen in matt steel or polished steel. It has everything you'll need to set your table — whenever the occasion calls.

Beautifully made, these Vintage Martini Glasses from NUDE are ideal for serving your pre-dinner cocktails made with the ultra-sleek and cordless Aarke carbonator.

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02.

What are you cooking?

Arguably one of the most important elements of your dinner party planning is deciding what to cook. Go for dishes that aren't too complicated and you're familiar with — this isn't the time to try out that new recipe you've been wanting to make. It's also a good idea to pick ingredients that are seasonal and can be prepared before the party.

Top Tip: check with your guests for any allergies or dietary requirements to ensure a smooth sailing evening.

Easy to clean and ultra-versatile, Bangalore and London-based Tiipoi's Karipan Longpi Cookware has been hand-moulded from river clay and helps to preserve flavours while looking great too. The burnishing process makes the cooking surface naturally non-stick — plus, it can go from the hob straight into the oven, so there's less washing up at the end of the night. If you're after something highly practical to assist you in the kitchen, the Smart Portable Blender from Lithuanian brand Milo is the perfect accessory for the avid cook. Using patented technology — the blender is a cordless, practical piece that uses a magnetic engine, promising quiet usage and a superior blend.

03.

Setting the table

Tablescaping is somewhat of an art form and can help to set the mood for your whole evening. Going seasonal? Opt for deep reds, greens and blues with festive accessories. Or perhaps you're hosting an Easter party? In which case light pastel violets, greens and yellows are the perfect choice. If you're cooking any dark meat or deep rich flavours, this Engomada Glass Decanter and Block from PVRA is the ideal accessory to air your cabaret.

A tablecloth isn't just a nice cover for your dining table but helps to protect your table's surface from any scratches, marks or discolouration. Easy to wash and soft to the touch, this 100% washed linen tablecloth from Linen Tales is your new hosting aide. Opt for matching linen napkins in a complementary colour like these. Looking to serve in craftsmanship style? This Dark Petrol Blue Pool Serving Plate celebrates the festivities of the season in handmade, glossy porcelain. Whether you're serving canapés or starters, this plate will help set the scene.

A table isn't complete without linen touches
Anna Badur's tableware is an artisan showstopper

04.

Create the atmosphere

Food, cooking. Table, set. It's time to create your desired ambience. Turn on your mood lighting and treat your senses with some beautiful scents and candles that'll help ease you, and your guests.

@aroma's Orb Nebulizing Diffuser is equal parts pretty and functional, promising a scent-sational showpiece in your hallway, living room or bathroom. Meanwhile, these candle holders from Logideez give you the freedom to create your perfect dining table centrepiece, in minimalist craftsmanship style.

The final step in creating the right mood is putting on some sweet sounds with the discreet, no cables, no plugs, no electricity — We Do Wood White Soaped Oak Sono Ambra Speaker for Smartphones, an effortless piece that's great for playing your festive dinner playlist.

Now all that's left to do is to grab a drink and enjoy the party. Discover our dinnerware essentials and be the talk of the town.

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