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10 Dinner Party Essentials

In this guide, we'll walk you through ten essential elements that can elevate your soirée from ordinary to extraordinary. From elegant cutlery sets to captivating centrepieces, we've got you covered.

When it comes to hosting a dinner party, the magic lies not only in the culinary creations but also in the atmosphere you create. It's about transforming a simple meal into a cherished memory. At Briscoes, we understand the art of hosting, and we're here to help you with a dinner party that leaves a lasting impression.


Why it’s important to set the scene at a dinner party

Before we jump into the essentials, let's talk about why it's important to set the mood when you're hosting a dinner party. It's not just about the food; it's about making everyone feel comfortable and ensuring a good time.

Think about it like this: You've put a lot of effort into planning the menu, cooking, and getting everything ready. But when your guests walk in, it's not just about what's on their plates. It's about the whole experience—the atmosphere, the conversations, the laughter.

Getting the right vibe going can make your guests feel relaxed and ready to enjoy the evening. It's what sets the stage for memorable moments and keeps people talking about your dinner parties long after they're over. So, as we get into our list of ten dinner party essentials, remember that each one helps create that perfect atmosphere that makes your dinner party special.


10 essentials for your dinner party

Now that we've explored why creating the right ambience matters, it's time to roll up our sleeves and dive into the essentials. These ten items are the backbone of a successful dinner party, making sure your guests are not only well-fed but also thoroughly entertained. 

Whether you're a seasoned host or planning your first gathering, these essentials will help you turn your dinner party into an unforgettable experience.


1. Cheese board 

No good dinner party starts without a cheese board. A cheese board is more than just a culinary offering; it's a work of art that adds elegance to your gathering. Cheese boards allow you to create a gourmet spread that delights the palate and serves as a conversation starter.

Cheese, with its myriad of flavours and textures, has a unique ability to bring people together. A thoughtfully curated cheese board becomes a centrepiece, drawing your guests in and encouraging them to sample and discuss the various offerings. Whether you're a fan of brie, cheddar, or something more exotic, Briscoes has the perfect cheese board for your soirée.


2. Cutlery sets

The foundation of a well-appointed table lies in elegant cutlery. Briscoes presents a range of cutlery setsthat are not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing. Each set serves as a testament to your attention to detail, enhancing the overall dining experience.

Imagine the satisfaction of your guests as they pick up a well-balanced, beautifully designed fork or knife. It's the subtle touch that elevates your dinner party from ordinary to extraordinary.


3. Bluetooth speaker

Briscoes' Bluetooth speakers empower you to curate a playlist that enhances the ambience, creating a harmonious backdrop that complements your culinary creations.

Whether you prefer soothing jazz for an intimate gathering or lively tunes for a more energetic atmosphere, the right music can transform your dinner party.


4. Tablecloth or table linens

Table linens are a canvas for creativity, transforming your table into a work of art. Briscoes offers an array of tablecloths, napkins, and runners that allow you to express your style. With various textures and designs available, you can curate a table setting that resonates with your vision.

The tablecloth you choose can set the mood for your entire dinner party. It can be crisp and formal or relaxed and rustic, depending on your theme and preferences. 


5. Dinnerware

The art of presentation elevates your culinary creations from delicious to extraordinary. Dinnerware sets serve as the canvas for your dishes, enhancing the visual appeal of every course and captivating your guests' senses.

Imagine serving a gourmet meal on elegant porcelain or artisanal stoneware. The plates and bowls become part of the dining experience, enhancing the flavours and textures of your dishes. Briscoes offers a range of dinnerware options that cater to different styles, ensuring your food looks as good as it tastes.


6. Centrepieces

Centrepieces have the power to spark conversations and add intrigue to your table. From decorative vases to ornamental sculptures, these items become the focal point that captures your guests' attention.

A well-chosen centrepiece can tie together your entire table design. It can reflect the theme of your dinner party, whether it's a seasonal celebration or a formal affair. With Briscoes' selection, you'll find the perfect centrepiece to make a lasting impression.


7. Wine glasses and stemware

Toasting is a universal gesture of celebration. With high-quality wine glasses and stemware, your toasts become moments of elegance and connection. The design and quality of our glassware enhance the experience of raising a glass in shared joy.

The clink of crystal glasses filled with fine wine or champagne adds a touch of sophistication to any dinner party. Whether you're hosting a romantic dinner for two or a larger gathering, Briscoes' stemware options ensure your toasts are memorable.


8. Cookware

Behind every exceptional dish is quality cookware. Investing in good cookware ensures that your dishes are prepared with precision and presented with pride. The seamless transition from kitchen to table is made possible by our versatile cookware offerings.

Cookware is not just a tool; it's an extension of your culinary skills. With Briscoes' selection of pots, pans, and bakeware, you'll have the confidence to tackle any recipe and serve it with flair. From non-stick options to durable cast iron, we have you covered.


9. Food storage 

As the evening winds down, practical food storage becomes essential. Preserve the flavours of your culinary creations with practical food storage solutions. These containers allow you to savour the delicious moments long after the last guest departs.

Leftovers from your dinner party deserve to be kept as fresh as the moment they were served. Briscoes' airtight containers and storage solutions ensure that you can enjoy the fruits of your culinary labour for days to come.


10. Cleaning supplies 

As the evening comes to an end, cleaning supplies become your allies in maintaining an impeccable space. Cleaning supplies ensure that you bid farewell to your guests and restore your surroundings effortlessly.

A well-organised cleanup ensures that your dinner party ends on a high note. With Briscoes' cleaning supplies, you can efficiently tidy up and prepare for your next gathering without stress.


Top tips for hosting a dinner party

Are you ready to become the host or hostess with the mostess? Hosting a dinner party is more than just serving a meal; it's about creating an unforgettable experience for your guests. Whether you're a seasoned entertainer or planning your very first soirée, these top tips are here to ensure your dinner party is a success.

Plan ahead

Start planning well in advance. Decide on the date, create a guest list, and send out invitations early. This gives your guests ample time to RSVP and ensures a smoother preparation process.

Consider any dietary restrictions or allergies your guests may have and plan your menu accordingly. Offering a variety of dishes, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, is a thoughtful touch.

Set the right vibe

Pay attention to lighting and decor. Dim the lights or use candles to create a warm, inviting ambience. Fresh flowers or simple centrepieces can add an elegant touch to your table.
Choose background music that suits the mood you want to create. Whether it's jazz for a sophisticated feel or upbeat tunes for a lively atmosphere, music sets the tone.

Keep it simple

While it's tempting to impress your guests with complex recipes, it's often best to stick to dishes you're comfortable preparing. A well-executed simple menu is often more enjoyable than a stressful elaborate one.

Consider dishes that can be prepared in advance, allowing you to spend more time with your guests rather than in the kitchen.

Be a gracious host

Greet your guests warmly as they arrive and make introductions if necessary. Ensure everyone feels included in conversations throughout the evening.

Offer a variety of beverages, including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options, to cater to all preferences. Always have a non-alcoholic option for designated drivers and non-drinkers.

Relax and enjoy yourself

Remember that the goal of your dinner party is to have a great time with your friends or family. Don't stress over small imperfections or hiccups.

Join in the fun and engage with your guests. Share stories, anecdotes, and laughter—it's these moments that will make your dinner party truly memorable.


Throw your best dinner party yet with Briscoes 

Whether you're a seasoned host or planning your first dinner party, our carefully curated selection ensures that every detail is taken care of, allowing you to focus on creating cherished moments with your loved ones.

Hosting a dinner party is a delightful endeavour that weaves together culinary artistry and atmospheric charm. Briscoes' collection of dinner party essentials empowers you to orchestrate an experience that captivates your guests' senses.