Summer is all about creating beautiful memories that last. Food, friends and good conversation: there is no better way to do so than to bring people together around the table. Here you'll find helpful tips on how to host a memorable occasion.
The Guest List
We love inviting people who aren’t too familiar with each other in order to encourage new friendships. Entertaining at home is such a beautiful opportunity to bring people together.
Imagine your guests and where they might sit. Can you think of suitable neighbours amongst the other guests? If not, you may want to rethink the list, or consider table settings. Shared interests, similar professions and a sense of humour always helps.
To begin styling, decide on a theme - what mood are you trying to convey? It’s all about creating a beautiful scene that people will remember.
Think back to dinner parties you have enjoyed yourself, then borrow elements. Everything from the music you play to the look of the table will play a role in creating an experience. Let your guests get acquainted to your own taste; the decor should reflect your personality.
Twinkling candlelight is an absolute must for dinner parties, while for lunchtime events go for bright and breezy with plenty of natural light.
Next is the table itself. The table is the stage where everything will play out, so the styling is important. Choose pieces that work to your mood and overall colour palette. We like to opt for a variety of textures and tones to create interest.
Take note from the settings pictured throughout this story, and the details: mix and match dining sets, add pops of colour, or add blooms or bowls of citrus.
The Details Matter
We love adding a surprise and delight element: for example, a little name card with a few conversation-starting questions on the reverse. Or perhaps you create a centrepiece brimming with florals and foliage, and offer the guests a little jar to take a small bouquet home.