When you’re set to host an at-home dinner party, the tasks at hand can quickly begin to pile up. To help take a few things off your plate – and ensure your night begins with a bang, not a headache – we share our top five entertaining tips.
Say yes to fuss-free flowers.
Blooms are an elegant, easy way to bring your dinner table to life. Flower arrangements don’t need to be perfect to look beautiful – go ahead and mix your greens and play around with different, unexpected combinations. At BYDEAU, our favorites include hyacinth, alstroemeria, hydrangeas, and tulips. If you are pressed for time order one of our pre-designed vases or a custom flower arrangement to fit your overall theme.
Organization is key.
This one sounds a little excessive – but you’ll thank us later, we promise! Start organizing the event as early as a month in advance. Check that you have enough plates, glasses, and do a general tidy up of your space. Set the table the day before and pre-cook any dishes that can be prepared ahead of time. Thankfully, BYDEAU sources from Harlow and Grey party supplies. Order one of the themed Party in a Box party supplies in advance so you can focus on the menu!
When it comes to the bar, stick to the classics.
When it comes to alcohol, opt for a full-bar of the classics – gin, vodka, champagne, wine – rather than fussy speciality cocktails. As well as being a more sophisticated way to do drinks, chances are half the guests will prefer to stick to what they know and love anyway. We always have Kyrö Napue Gin
on hand as it's natural crowd pleaser.
Candles are always a good idea.
The soft, flattering lighting of candles set the mood for a cosy, welcoming atmosphere, especially against the typically harsh lighting of Hong Kong abodes. Whether it be tea lights or block candles, this tip’s an absolute must-do. Tatine's candles are just the perfect amount of mysterious and elegant. You will find their candle and other products in our gift boxes - paired with our flowers and you have the perfect mix of scents.
Don’t underestimate the power of perfect sound.
Music is a must, but keep the sound low during dinner to avoid guests having to yell over the table. Remember, Spotify is your ally; it doesn’t have to be time-consuming task putting a playlist together. Finally, make sure you have a fun playlist at the ready in case your dinner party turns into a dance party following dessert!