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Don’t Have a Dinner Party Without These 5 Things

By: Sarah Beaumont

March 17, 2017

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Some may argue that the menu is the most important ingredient in planning a dinner party. But seasoned entertainers know that it’s just as much about setting the mood. After all, everything tastes better when the chairs are comfy, the music is on and the lighting looks good. So feast your eyes on these must-have dinner party essentials. Bon appetit!

Don’t Have a Dinner Party Without These 5 Things

Food presentation is half the feat of the feast, so make sure you have stylish serving bowls and platters to display your fine eats.

Copper Hostess Serveware, $49, West Elm

No one will be digging into dinner with their bare hands. A good host always has a solid set of serving utensils at the table.

Don’t Have a Dinner Party Without These 5 Things

Nothing sets the mood of a dinner party like dim, ambient overhead lighting and the subtle glow of candlelight.

Pendants are perfect for creating a dinner setting that’s not too bright, but just right for food and conversation.

Don’t Have a Dinner Party Without These 5 Things

Sculpted Metal Candlestick, $29, West Elm

Don’t Have a Dinner Party Without These 5 Things

Don’t Have a Dinner Party Without These 5 Things

Riedel Vinum Celebration Cabernet Glasses, $99 / Sonora Etched Tritan Tumblers, $59.95, Williams-Sonoma

Plastic cups are not okay when you’re throwing a real dinner soiree. Though we’re all for keeping the Cabernet flowing, you need two sets of glasses on a dinner table — classic stemmed pieces for wine and tumblers with intricate details for water.

Don’t Have a Dinner Party Without These 5 Things

From table runners and cloths to napkins and placemats, linens protect the table from potential spills and add decoration to your dinner.

Opt for a little pop of pattern when it comes to your napkins and table runner.

Don’t Have a Dinner Party Without These 5 Things

Linen Double Hemstitch Tablecloth, $129.95, Williams-Sonoma

Pair your other linens with a solid-colored tablecloth for a layered look.

Don’t Have a Dinner Party Without These 5 Things

Whether your centerpiece consists of a bold and blooming floral arrangement or a sculptural desert dish, every tablescape needs a focal point.

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