How ToMarisa Docherty

Top Tips for a Fabulously Festive Dinner Party

How ToMarisa Docherty
Top Tips for a Fabulously Festive Dinner Party

Hosting a styling soiree? Get some help with our top tips…

Christmas, it really is the most wonderful time of the year, a time to create magical memories with loved ones and of course, embrace all the festive flavours from mulled wine and sweet cinnamon to turkey and all the trimmings. If you’re hosting a glamorous Christmas dinner party this year, read on for our top tips for a fabulously festive feast…

Planning

Preparation is key for a smooth running and stress-free dinner party. Regardless of your party size, ensure you’ve planned as far in advance as possible. From your festive menu to the ultimate dinner party playlist, deliver a show stopping party this season and make sure your guests are ready for a truly decadent dining experience as they enjoy the most anticipated meal of the year.

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Sumptuous Seating

Ensure your guests are as comfortable as possible when sitting around the dining table this Christmas with our sumptuous seating ideas. Look to the beautifully elegant Liang & Eimil Cohen Dining Chair for interior inspiration, with its plush velvet upholstery and rich colourways, this dining chair exudes Luxe designer appeal. With its gently contoured back and plump padded seat, this designer dining chair is guaranteed to have your guests lingering at the table long after the last course is served.

Choosing a Theme

Choosing a theme for your dining table not only creates a statement in the dining room but adds true style and sophistication to your interior. Whether you opt for the traditional red, green and gold Christmas hues, or choose a more contemporary colour scheme such as black, just make sure you add the finishing touches for a true festive flare.

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Cocktail Hour

Serve up some Christmas cocktails in style this year by setting up a sophisticated cocktail bar and allow your guests to help themselves to a little festive tipple! Vintage-inspired bar carts have been making a come-back in recent years, a popular Mid Century trend, the drinks trolley is a beautiful accessory for any home - sure to be the envy of your guests at cocktail hour!

Bring some old Hollywood glamour to your interior with an Art Deco inspired drinks trolley, we love the elegant Verona Drinks Trolley by Houseology Collection. Timeless and elegant, this dazzling drinks trolley is the perfect addition to any stylish soiree. From Don Draper to Jay Gatsby, no host should be without a statement bar cart this season.

But, if a bar cart isn’t really your style, consider decanting some of your best loved beverages in a luxurious Sapphire Decanter Set by Eichholtz. With an assortment of two opulent crystal decanters and four whiskey glasses, pour your guests an Old Fashioned in style.

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Table Styling

An elaborately decorative dining table is guaranteed to steal the show this Christmas. Allow your guests to marvel at your tablescaping skills and create a wonderland of glitter, garlands and golden accents. For optimum impact, align a row of sophisticated crystal candelabras such as the Farandol Candle Holder from Eichholtz and allow the delicate glass droplets to sparkle across the table for ultimate enchantment on Christmas Day.

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The Little Things

From unique handwritten place cards, to personalised favours and take-home treats, give your guests a little something to remember your divine dinner party. Consider writing your guests names on a gift tag and tying them to small trimming of Christmas tree branches, or even propped up on the pines of a frosted pinecone! Or, why not let your guests take home a special homemade treat and include your unique recipe so they can recreate it at home!

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SHOP FOR THE PERFECT DINNER PARTY

By Marisa Docherty