Tradition is important to us here at Great British Products, so it should come as no surprise that Autumn is one of our favourite seasons. It’s the season for getting the family together, reconnecting with old friends, and preparing for the end of year festivities. What better way to enjoy quality time with your loved ones than by hosting a dinner party at your own home? It’s intimate, relaxed, and shows the special people in your life that you care.
The idea of this might sound daunting, but don’t panic. We’ve put together our top tips for how to host the perfect dinner party at home, highlighting some of our favourite British made pieces from our site that will make your space feel effortlessly welcoming and comfortable.
SOPHISTICATED WELCOME DRINKS
Any great dinner party starts with a few drinks - after all, who doesn’t love to be greeted with a nice glass of wine or a cocktail! This gives your guests the opportunity to get chatting with one another, begin to feel more relaxed, and, most importantly, start having a good time. It sets the tone for the evening and makes everybody feel comfortable. Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity to show off how beautiful your home decor is!
Whether your go-to is wine, gin, or perhaps something a little stronger, Samara Ball’s stunning handpainted collection of glassware is sure to receive many compliments from your guests. Samara takes inspiration from the spectacular beauty of nature and all things botanical, creating gorgeous unique and colourful designs that are sure to bring joy to your home. Pair your drinkware with this simply adorable Wild Flower Meadows Coaster Set by Toasted Crumpet to add to that comforting sense of homeliness.
Not only will your guests immediately be impressed, but you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve helped to support British made products, too. It’s a win-win!
COOKING IN STYLE
Of course, the best part of any dinner party is the food. Bonding over a lovely home-cooked meal is exactly the thing that will bring your guests closer together after potentially many months apart, especially considering that this time last year we were all stuck at home in lockdown. For the host, the thought of cooking for so many people may seem stressful, but it certainly doesn’t have to be.
Get cooking in style with this lovely Foraging Apron by Iona Buchanan, made from 100% cotton with adjustable cotton twill waist ties and a large handy pocket, so that you won’t lose any of your utensils as you work your magic in the kitchen. Also, have a look at our wide range of cooking pans and roasters, which are all British made, affordable, and durable.
DREAMY DINNER TABLE
Now that everyone has settled and the food is nearly ready, you’ll want to make sure that your dinner table looks just as appealing as the delicious meal you’re about to serve. Presentation is key when it comes to creating an enjoyable dining experience, so having beautiful plates and table decorations is definitely a necessity.
This fine bone china Black & White Sheep Dinner Plate by Lucy Pittaway would be sure to charm your guests with its quirky design and give them something to talk about. Brighten up your table even more with this Bee & Stripe Table Runner by Mosney Mill, made from 100% quality cotton and inspired by the abundance of nature and wildlife that lies at the heart of Mosney.
SETTING THE MOOD
Perhaps the most important part of any great dinner party is creating an atmosphere that is welcoming and homely. It’s no secret that the easiest and most fun way to set the mood is by filling your home with gorgeous unique and handmade decor.
These beautiful candles from Home County Candle Co come in a range of scents inspired by each of Britain’s counties and are produced from natural soy wax, which is biodegradable and vegan friendly. Or, to add some quirky decorative flair to your space, take a look at this Oblong Tray by Badger & Birch, perfect for use as a coaster, trinket dish, soap dish, candle holder, and so much more.
Well, there you have it: all of our top tips for hosting the perfect dinner party at home, with a little help from some amazing goods handmade right here in the UK. We hope we’ve inspired you to give it a go and wow your guests with fancy drinks, delicious food, and beautiful home decor.
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