Decorating Your Dinner Party
Whether hosting an informal get together with your closest friends (maybe you’ve booked a Dineindulge Private Chef!) or even a large celebration, the decorations you choose play a big role in setting the right tone for your event.
The key is in the details and guests will always notice the small, personal touches to the table as well as the more elaborate decor. Make them as simple or as dramatic as you like whilst also keeping it practical. Guests will never be able to interact over a five-foot flower arrangement!
For those who aren’t sure where to start, here are a few simple rules to creating the perfect dinner party setting.
- Think Beyond the Table
Part of creating the right atmosphere is considering the whole venue and the harmony of having a balanced space. If you’re eating in a large, lofty room with big windows, go for a longer table to add depth to minimal surroundings or a more intimate, round table for a smaller venue with a cosy feel. Prepare pre-dinner drinks in a relaxed, lounging area set apart from the formality of the dinner table.
- Go Up and Go Down…
Add dimension to your tables by using decorations of different heights. Use hurricane candles off set by long thing taper candles or small jam jars for your flowers contrasted with tall, statement vases. Either way, mix it up to keep it interesting.
- …But not Round
Most restaurants these days feature plain, round, white plates for a classically clean look. Why not make a statement with square or rectangular settings for a more edgy take on presenting your beautifully prepared dishes.
- Three’s a Lucky Number
It is often thought that using anything in quantities of uneven numbers is more pleasing to the eye and table decoration is no different! Whether it’s your cutlery, crockery or embellishments, work in threes for a good balance of not too little and not too much!
- Add a splash of colour
We’re all for minimalism and keeping it simple can be very effective. However, to set yourself apart from the crowd, add pops of colour to your table and venue for more diverse and eye catching surroundings. You can be as subtle or as over the top as you like!
Get inspired for your next dinner party and check out decorating tips from a few of our favourite Instagram heroes:
Jackson and Levine – @jacksonandlevine
The brainchild of seasoned dinner party hosts Laura Jackson and Alice Levine, these TV and Radio stars love all things vintage and floral.
Town and Country Living – @townandcountryliving
Think cosy and rustic with unique details. We’re loving the idea of a weekend in the countryside with our friends, family and lots of food!
The Knot – @theknot
You don’t need to be planning your wedding to get great design tips from this website! Whether planning a party for 10 or 100, why not go big with your decorations to get the atmosphere buzzing.