Entertaining at home should be relaxed and enjoyable for everyone - even the host! To take the pressure off, we’ve compiled five of our best tips to make any lunch or dinner party easy, and give you more time to spend with your guests.
Set the scene
It’s impossible not to be impressed by a lovely table setting, but it needn't be fussy or over complicated. If you’re hosting a lunch or dinner party, set your table in layers.
For a more formal setting, use a tablecloth to create a base layer. Starting with classic neutrals here gives you the flexibility to add colour and sparkle in your accessories later.
If you’re after a more casual setting, try skipping to table cloth, and use table runners or placemats instead.
Once your cloth or table runners are in place, you can add layers like napery, candlesticks, flatware, glassware and more until you’re happy with the overall effect. Thoughtful touches like a water jug, or ice bucket to cool your drinks will help set the scene and make sure you have everything you need to hand.
Create ambience with candles to set the mood. At the table, you can use long tapered candles or tealight candles in votives to add sparkle to your setting.
If you've got a console near your front door, add a vase of fresh flowers or greenery and light your favourite scented candle. Guests will love arriving to the gorgeous fragrance and will feel immediately welcome.
Prepare the bathroom
A gorgeous handwash and a fresh hand towel will always be appreciated! Make sure you have both laid out ahead of time for your guests, perhaps with a scented candle or diffuser, or some flowers added for a touch of luxury!
Keep food simple
Stick to easy meals for entertaining. Planning an uncomplicated menu allows you as much time out of the kitchen as possible.
Prepare a cheese or charcuterie board and set it out in the kitchen where your guests can comfortably mingle, chat and maybe even help out while you put the finishing touches to your meal.
When serving, use large serving bowls and trays to make your food look amazing, and allow your guests to easily serve themselves at the table. Wonki Ware dishes are some of our favourites to use.
Music is key
Make a playlist ahead of time. Music has the power to lift the mood or relax, and putting together playlists is fairly easy. If you’re not a tech-whiz, get someone to help you get a playlist together, and you’ll be rewarded by not having to change the music constantly during your meal.
Remember the occasion is to relax and enjoy yourself. A flustered host certainly doesn't get the party started. Getting things done as early as you can means you can take a little time for yourself before everyone arrives.