Dinner Party Essentials: Top Tips

Organising a dinner party should be fun but is often overwhelming, aside from food you must consider a theme, which dinner service you’ll use, seating arrangements… To make your dinner party truly memorable, you need the secret ingredients for hosting an unforgettable bash. Put your vision into action and forget the stress. Dinner parties just got simpler with this quick plan of action – so that you can have fun, too!


Before dinner proper is served, plan to sit and have a drink (or two!). There’s nothing better to ease your guests into an enjoyable evening than to relax with a beverage. Upon arrival, offer your guests a gin and tonic, glass of wine or one of your signature cocktail. Remember to layout some soft drinks and, don’t forget to put on some calm background music before guests arrive.

Consider how your drinks are served. Instead of crystal add a little more luxury with our bespoke sterling silver goblets. The thistle shape is beautifully designed, available in a polished or chased finish. They are very distinct and will without doubt wow your guests. Our red wine thistle goblets and white wine thistle goblets can be purchased individually through our online shop. Or why not splash out and buy a goblet set?

So you have time with your guests, create a small bar area where people can help themselves. Here you can leave accompaniments. Our lemon board, with distinct animal figurines, is the perfect size for a bar. Place snack bowls around the room, nuts are perfect pre-dinner finger food. Choose a theme for your evening and use matching serving plates. To compliment your lemon board take a look at our snack bowls, available in three sizes.


Before laying your table you must decide on the formality of your dinner. Changing features like your tablecloth can affect the feel of your event. Our range of tableware is a perfect boast of je-ne-sais-quoi. It can suit a relaxed dinner adding a feeling of luxury to the everyday or use our unique collection as a centrepiece for a more formal dinner. Whether you live in the city or country our large Stag and Hind, or Pheasant, Figurines will assist in creating an additional sense of elegance and occasion.

When setting out a place for each of your guests they will need accompanying napkins. Adding a napkin ring gives a more finished appearance. Our sterling silver napkin rings are available in a round and oval shape. If you are hosting a dinner for a special occasion, like a wedding or anniversary have a message engraved on your napkin rings to mark the occasion. Guests could take them home as a favour or keep the set for yourself to remember your day by.


If you are hosting more than six it is helpful to have a seating plan. You know which of your guests will get along best, so position them accordingly. To save you from conducting your guests when they enter your dinning room layout place settings. Our teak place settings with silver animal figurines are available in two groups, game birds from Scotland or wild animals from the plains of Africa. They can be bought in a set of 12 African or Scottish Animals.


No matter the style of event, having items on your table for guests to pass to their neighbour creates a comfortable communal feeling. Have your pièce de résistance on the table for people to share and serve themselves. An ideal way to display and carry this is on a serving boards. Our carving board will contribute to the spectacle of your evening. To unify your dinner table and continue your theme our oblong serving board or one of our round serving boards can also be used for cheese after dessert.

Customers can purchase all our dinner party essentials through our webshop.



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