Interiors

How to be the Perfect Host: Your Guide to Entertaining

There’s no denying it, it’s officially the summer season. Reaching mid-July marks that time when we start thinking about our summer plans – and all the social events that come with them. Whether you’re having a few friends over for drinks or hosting a dinner for the whole family, you’ll want to make sure your space is up to scratch (even if your actual hosting and cooking skills aren’t).

 1. Set the Scene

When it comes to being the perfect host, it’s all about the details – those small touches that will set the scene and create a comfortable atmosphere. With the nights staying lighter and people sitting outside for longer, use a simple scented candle to set the scene on a warm summers evening.

 

2. Have a Selection of Drinks

georg jensen bar cart

If you’re serving dinner you’ll want an apéritif, wine with the meal and something to finish off the evening. If you’re just doing drinks, you’ll want a well-stocked bar to cater for a variety of tastes. Make sure your glassware matches up your wine glasses from LSA and wine carafes from George Jensen.

3. Set your Table

broste copenhagen gold cutlery

Small touches come in the form of serving utensils or sleek sterling silver sets from Robert Welch, while bowls and plates from Nkuku are your contemporary, colourful option. A centre piece will add just the right amount of decoration without being overbearing – try a minimal vase or  linen napkins providing extra colour and texture.

4. Serve your Best Dish

broste copenhagen dinner table setting

You don’t need to be a Michelin-starred chef to serve a good meal. Master a few different dishes and you’ll be set for the rest of your hosting days – take a look at our favourite recipes on Coggles for the ultimate inspiration.

 

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Words by Angharad Jones



Angharad Jones

Angharad Jones

Writer and expert