Sotheby's Home shares their best table essentials and table-setting tips and tricks for a delightful dinner party.
Pulling off a successful dinner party requires more than just serving a delicious meal. Whether you’re hosting a formal affair or a casual get-together, look no further than Sotheby’s Home to impress your dinner guests.
When you’re setting the table, do it properly with everything in the correct position. It’s hard to remember if the water glass goes to the left or the right of the white wine glass, so use our cheat sheet to show off your good manners.
Solid Gold & Silver
There’s something about metallics on a dinner table that makes the meal feel special. Gold and silver add glamour and look good with just about everything. Search for tableware with hints of gold or silver to instantly dress up your table.
Napkins on Lapkins
Nothing says “this is a fabulous adult dinner party” like embroidered napkins. Look for beautiful linens that add a soft touch to the table and a dash of sophistication, too.
Colorful glass adds a burst of vibrance to your dining table with little effort. An instant collection of Blenko hand-blown decanters, vases and pitchers serves up a tablescape of rainbow hues.
What’s a dinner party without wine? And if you’re going to serve great wine, you might as well serve it in gorgeous glasses. Invest in fine crystal glassware that will stand the test of time.
A table centerpiece of lit candles at different heights is an easy-to-achieve crowd-pleaser. The smell of melting wax and the romantic flicker of fire are always good ideas. And when you forget to buy flowers or can’t figure out what to do as a centerpiece, a collection like this will be a lifesaver.
The Elephant in the Dining Room
In many parts of the world, skipping a cup of coffee after a formal meal would be unthinkable. Master the art of after-dinner coffee and tea by adding some flair. Look for whimsical pieces like an elephant teapot to spark after-dinner conversation.