10 dinner party essentials
1 Printed invitations
Skip the social media mass-message and surprise your guests with dinner party invitations. Find unique card templates online or get creative and design your own. Either way, your guests will appreciate the attention to detail and be even more excited to attend. Let's Eat - Gocco Screen Printed Dinner Invitation Cards, twoguitars, Etsy, $3.71 each.
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2 Personalized placemats
Put together a stylish table setting without breaking the bank with customizable paper placemats. Available in a variety of patterns and colours, these placemats save space and make for easy clean up. Write your guests’ names and even list menu items right on the placemats to add a personalized touch. Kitchen Papers Bon Appetit, Hudson’s Bay, $24.95.
3 Stylish centrepiece
What’s a dinner party without a fabulous centrepiece? Brighten up your dining table and incorporate your colour scheme using elegant crystal-clear cube vases. Fill with fresh flowers, candles or even a collection of stones to create simple yet sophisticated tabletop decor. Cuboid vases, CB2, $4.95 each.
4 Appetizer tray
Tiered trays are perfect for displaying a variety of elegant appetizers. Serve delicious roasted pepper tartlets, seafood crostini or gourmet cheese, allowing guests to mingle and enjoy while waiting for dinner. Serving platter, IKEA, $12.99.
5 Bar accessories
The proper bar tools make preparing delicious cocktail recipes quick and easy. Displayed on your bar cart or at-home bar, a well-organized set will ensure you’re never fumbling for an opener or strainer again. Stainless-Steel Bar Tools Set with Stand, Williams Sonoma, $111.96.
6 Oversized serving platter
Presentation is as important as the meal itself, and what better way serve a big bowl of spaghetti vongole than on a beautiful oversized platter. Choose solid coloured or white tabletop accessories to really make your meals stand out. Juliette oversized serving platters, Pottery Barn, $76.63 - $102.61.
A special occasion calls for special glassware. Skip classic cocktail glasses and serve guests drinks in stylish glassware that adds an extra element to your table setting. Banded glassware set, West Elm, $43.30 (set of 4).
8 Versatile flatware
Whether your table settings are traditional or modern, a versatile flatware set will complement even the most unique decor. When hosting a dinner party, make sure guests have the proper cutlery for everything from their caprese salad to the main course. Calypso flatware, Pier 1, $59.95 (20 piece set).
9 Wine decanter
If you’re thinking of pairing your main with a savoury red wine, a chic decanter will wow your guests while adding some glam to your classic, elegant tabletop. Schott Zwiesel decanter, Pottery Barn, $128.59.
10 Dessert stand
When it's time for something sweet, bring out your delicious dessert in a sophisticated lidded cake stand. If you’re serving cupcakes, tarts or chocolate cake, a stand will make sure your dessert remains perfect until it's time to indulge. Beehive Cake Stand, West Elm, $42.21.