Festive furnishing: holiday dining and entertaining essentials
The holidays are about a lot of things: giving gifts, being around family, twinkly lights. But most of all, they’re about eating – and eating in style. It’s the season to go all out when it comes to entertaining, from getting the mood just right to making sure your dinnerware is debonair, and fitting for the occasion. And the third piece in our festive furnishing series is about just that. So if you’re planning a house full of hungry holidaymakers this festive season, this guide has you covered, ensuring you’re the holiday host with the most.
Festive table setting ideas
To make sure yours is the talk of the table, spend time getting your festive table setting right long before guests arrive. Large stone sharing plates are a multifunctional table setting idea, and can be accessorised with confetti and tealights to make dinner merry and bright. And to make sure your table setting has that holiday feeling, be sure to incorporate metallics like gold and brass. They’re on-trend every winter, and add a luxe, decadent feel – like this studded black and gold vase that’s perfect for your fresh flowers. Similarly rich tones, like green, navy and red, are another great idea when it comes to this time of year. This hand-painted enamel jug is perfect for wine, and is even decorated with on-theme swans.
Large dinner party essentials
When you’re hosting a holiday dinner party, it’s essential you get the essentials right, and have enough of them to go around. Invest in new dinnerware if you can – that way you can plan enough plates and glasses for the number of guests that are coming to town. This set of malachite marble-effect dessert plates matches perfectly with a set of gold cutlery. But don’t forget the after-dinner festivities: when it comes to wine and cheese, show guests some love with a new set of engraved ‘amour’ wine glasses, or retro cocktail glasses. Cheers.
Holiday dinner party accessories
The holidays are a mood as much as they are a season – a time for feeling, and being surrounded by a warm fuzzy glow. So naturally, your holiday dinner party accessories should be scene-setting and cosy, helping you create the ambience and warmth we expect at this time of year. Candlesticks are a holiday dinner party must-have, like this set of two silver candlesticks. Add dinner candles in festive shades and place them around your table’s centrepiece, then add extra ambience with smaller tealight holders. Fill your dining room with fresh festive flora too, in a statement clear and brass vase. And make sure your Christmas playlist can be heard over the dinner conversation with a contemporary aluminium speaker.