With Christmas just around the corner, party season is in full swing. Whether you’re planning a big celebration or an intimate gathering around the dining table, discover our tips for hosting a stylish and successful dinner party.
How to Get your Home Party-Ready
The first step is to get your home ready for guests. Create a welcoming atmosphere by ensuring your hallway and reception rooms are clean and tidy. A day or two before your party, start thinking about de-cluttering and storing away items you don’t want on display. Storage baskets and chests of drawers are perfect for stashing away toys, shoes and everyday items that will detract from the party atmosphere.
This is also a good time to check you have enough clean crockery and glassware to go around. Get everything out of storage to be cleaned and organised. Don’t worry about every item matching; a mix of plates, bowls and glasses can be styled together for a fun and informal look. Sideboards and bar cabinets are useful for storing glasses ready for guests. Add trays on top to display drinks in style.
On the day of your party, don’t forget about the small but important details; background music and candles are essential for creating a party atmosphere, so prep your playlist and light candles early to get the scent going.
How to Decorate your Dining Space
Dinner parties often mean squeezing more people around the dinner table than normal, so make sure you have adequate seating and table space to accommodate all of your guests comfortably. An extending table is perfect for adding extra space and creating a flexible dining area. When it comes to seating, place extra chairs at the end of your table, or try bench seating instead.
Accessories and decorations are the best way to create ambience and set the scene. You can transform any dining table easily with a tablecloth, placemats, candles and flowers. Simply stick to a theme or colour scheme for a stylish and cohesive look.
If you’re throwing a Christmas party, add a festive touch to the table. Eucalyptus, mistletoe and holly are all perfect for creating a natural centrepiece or for a little sparkle, add glittery Christmas trees and festive candle holders. If you love to get creative, why not make your own table decorations? Fill empty bottles and jars with flowers and greenery or craft some hand-written place cards for a personal touch.
What to Serve your Guests
The key is to keep your menu simple. Stick to cold dishes for starters and desserts and serve meals that can be prepared ahead of the event, giving you more time to spend with your guests instead of in the kitchen. Now is not the time to experiment with new recipes; instead, serve up old favourites that you’ve made before. Alternatively, sharing platters are a great idea for a dinner party as they’re easy to dish up in the middle of the table. Plus they help to break the ice and get conversation flowing.
Finally, don’t forget about drinks. A few hours before guests arrive, make sure they’re nicely chilled and ready to serve. Prosecco and wine are a must-have for celebrations so make sure you have plenty. Or why not add a festive touch with eggnog and mulled wine? Cocktails are always a crowd-pleaser too and you can get involve guests in making them. Load up a cocktail trolley or bar cart with spirits and mixers for a fun addition to your party.
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