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5 essentials for a stylish home dinner party
Now that friendly indoor gatherings are back on the menu, we’ve collected five tips for hosting the perfect dinner party at home.
Published 19 October

If you’ve missed having your favourite people over for dinner, now’s the time to dress up, dust off your hosting skills and think about the elegant extras you can bring to the table for a home dinner party to remember.


Whether you’re cooking from scratch or ordering in gourmet takeaway, there are a few key ingredients to remember when planning a flawless dinner party. Below are the five items at the top of our list.

Serve with 
With the right crockery and servingware, you can really add some personality to the dining experienceAnd it doesn’t just end at plates and bowls; from drinks trays and cocktail dispensers to serving platters (perfect for antipasto) and condiment dishes, there are plenty of ways to add some pizzazz to the dining table. Remember to cover off the basics, too by checking whether you have enough salad tongs, soup spoons or steak knives to go around.

To update your crockery and kitchenware try

Robins Kitchen

Bed Bath N' Table

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Raise your Glasses

Coordinated glassware is a great way to elevate your dinner party styleBypass your day-to-day go-tos and add some serious sparkle with embossed, cut-glass or frosted water tumblers (perhaps colour-matched with your plates) and sleek stemless wine glasses (less risk of spillage). A thoughtfully chosen water pitcher, sangria jug or wine decanter can top off your tablescape nicely. 

For affordable drinkware try: 


Big W

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Say it with Flowers (and candles)

Keen to set a truly Instagram-worthy scene? Think candles and flowersWhether you choose flowers, foliage or faux, just remember to avoid super-tall arrangements, which risk blocking your guests’ line of sight. DIY floral art by dotting solo stems or small posies from your garden in mini bottles around the table. Try using herbs, greenery, flowers or a mix of all three. To create a warm, welcoming atmosphere and create a sense of occasion, pillar candles and floating tealights always add an instant glow

For candles, flowers and other creative table decorations try: 


The Lush Lily

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Dress (the table) to Impress
To really take your dinner a cut above, break out some special placematsColoured linen napkins can add texture and personality, while a well-chosen table runner will go a long way to setting your get-together apart from a regular home dinner. Lay multiple runners width ways (handy for catching wax if you’re using lots of candles) or, if you have a round table, try layering two runners in a criss-cross formation.

For top-notch napery try: 

Pillow Talk

TK Maxx

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Set the 
One crucial yet often overlooked element of a first-class dinner party is the soundtrack. Making a Spotify playlist ahead of time and checking your Bluetooth speaker is synced properly can help you shed any last-minute jitters after racing around preparing for your guests to arrive. Plus, your choice of tunes is bound to start a friendly debate or two.

For electronics to enliven your event try: 


JB Hi Fi

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