How to Throw an Elegant Dinner Party

 
The Timeless Stylist-Soft and Elegant Dinner Party Styling-Gold Cutlery

Hello you lovely lot, this week’s blog post is all about my favourite thing - tablescapes. Within my wedding design and styling, my favourite thing to design and style is the tables. My elegant and romantic wedding styling calls for a soft and sophisticated table design with lots of detail. I also love to use these skills to host dinner parties at home, and always lovingly lay the tables whilst hubby loves doing the cooking. So here are some tips on how to throw an elegant dinner party…

The Timeless Stylist-Soft and Elegant Dinner Party Styling-Tapered Candles
The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Wedding Styling-Timeless Dinner Party Tablescape
The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Dinner Party Styling-Neutral Colour Palette
The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Dinner Party Styling-Taupe Tapered Candles and Glass Candlesticks
The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Wedding Styling-Mini Cake Place Setting
The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Dinner Party Styling-Mini Cake Place Setting
The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Dinner Party Styling-Soft and Gentle Tablescape
 The above photography is by  Hannah Duffy , shot at  Bradbourne House  with tableware by  Duchess & Butler , linen by  Silk & Purl , chairs by  Academy Furniture Hire  and flowers by  Catherine Short . Cakes are by  Little Cake Garden  and stationery is by  Mango Tree London . All design and styling is by me, The Timeless Stylist, and I had  The Event Designers  assist me in the planning on the day.

The above photography is by Hannah Duffy, shot at Bradbourne House with tableware by Duchess & Butler, linen by Silk & Purl, chairs by Academy Furniture Hire and flowers by Catherine Short. Cakes are by Little Cake Garden and stationery is by Mango Tree London. All design and styling is by me, The Timeless Stylist, and I had The Event Designers assist me in the planning on the day.

For me, there are three key factors I believe to be important when hosting a dinner party. The first one being the guest experience from when they walk in the door to the very end, then there is the food and of course, the third thing for me is how the tables look. Everyone has different priorities, but I love nothing more than to have spent time and effort creating a beautiful table that works for the setting and the style of meal we are hosting. I love it when my guests are blown away by how the table looks!

When it comes to the food, you don’t have to be all extravagant and spend a fortune. But you will need to factor in a few things - your guests’ tastes and dietary requirements, timings (the last thing you want is to be cooped up in the kitchen or have a huge wait between courses), the style of food as to weather and the day (comforting food in the winter, light in the summer evening etc.) and how it is going to be served. We also like to use the right type of tableware and to make it look pretty if possible.

The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Wedding Styling-Hedsor House Tablescape
The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Wedding Styling-Spring Flowers
The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Dinner Party Styling-Decadent White & Gold Tableware
The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Wedding Styling-Spring Pastel Flowers
The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Dinner Party Styling-Calligraphy Stationery
The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Dinner Party Styling-Luxury Glassware
The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Wedding Styling-Luxury and Stylish Wedding Tablescape
 The above photography is by  Roberta Facchini  at an editorial shoot created by  Mari Chase  shot at  Hedsor House . The flowers are by  Moss and Stone , tableware by  Duchess & Butler , cakes by  Elizabeth Cake’s Emporium , stationery by  Fine Art Calligraphy  and all styling is by me, The Timeless Stylist.

The above photography is by Roberta Facchini at an editorial shoot created by Mari Chase shot at Hedsor House. The flowers are by Moss and Stone, tableware by Duchess & Butler, cakes by Elizabeth Cake’s Emporium, stationery by Fine Art Calligraphy and all styling is by me, The Timeless Stylist.

When laying your tables for your elegant dinner party, think about all of the items needed and the spacing. There will be some essential items, like water, wine, salt & pepper etc. - I like to bring these through at the last minute, so people have seen the pretty table in all its glory before these less desirable but essential items are put on. But make sure you create enough space for these on the table and that your guests will be comfortable when seated and not cramped.

Whilst I’m fully aware that we cannot all employ a florist for our dinner parties, I believe flowers to be an essential part of the table. I always choose flowers in season and in the colours that I will be using in the rest of the table, so ones that work with the linen, plates, etc. and I also choose ones that are soft and elegant, to work with my styling. I love playing with flowers but be careful to not go too elaborate and big with these, otherwise the guests will not be able to see each other and they will just get in the way.

The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Wedding Styling-Autumn Tablescape
The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Wedding Styling-Autumn Window Wedding Flowers
The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Dinner Party Styling-Brass Bowl Vase
The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Wedding Styling-Dusky Pink Tablecloth
The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Dinner Party Styling-Autumn Red Wine and Candles
The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Wedding Styling-Autumn Flowers
The Timeless Stylist-Elegant and Romantic Wedding Styling-Dusky Pink Tablescape
 The above photography is by  Rebekah Robert  at  Anstey Hall , with flowers by  Willow & Wolf , linen by  Silk & Purl  and stationery by  Mango Tree London . The cake is by  La Belle Cake Company  and I had coordination assistance by  Mirabella Weddings , all design and styling by my, The Timeless Stylist.

The above photography is by Rebekah Robert at Anstey Hall, with flowers by Willow & Wolf, linen by Silk & Purl and stationery by Mango Tree London. The cake is by La Belle Cake Company and I had coordination assistance by Mirabella Weddings, all design and styling by my, The Timeless Stylist.

The most important part isn’t really the food or the table design, although if you get those right this will come too. The most important part is your guests’ experience. Be as organised as you can beforehand and have the table laid and as much of the food done as possible. Then from the moment your guests come in the door, look after them - ensure they always have a drink, have nibbles waiting, make them feel at home, keep the conversation going, wow them with your pretty table and ply them with lots of yummy food.

I like to spend lots of effort on my tables, creating an elegantly styled dinner party full of wonderful details - lots of candles, beautiful flowers, a crisp tablecloth, pretty plates, gold cutlery, luxury glassware, coordinating napkins - and I have included lots of details above for you to see what I like to include on my table design and how I create an elegantly styled tablescape. Ultimately think about your guests, wowing them and making them feel like they are being treated, and they’ll much prefer your dinner party to a fancy restaurant meal!


Do you like to throw dinner parties? What’s your favourite thing about them - the food or the tables? Perhaps you are planning to throw an elegant dinner party soon and have picked up some tips here for how you want to design your tables? I’d love to hear all about your plans - send me a message here or feel free to ask me any questions. And if you would like to chat to me about anything relating wedding design and styling, I’d also love to here from you. Thanks for reading, Amy x