How to be the Perfect Host: Your Guide to Entertaining

There’s no denying it, it’s officially festive season. The beginning of November marks that time when we start thinking about Christmas and wrapping up the end of the year – and all the social events that come with it. Whether you’re having a few friends over for drinks or hosting 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

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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 drawing in and temperatures noticeably dropping, candles are your best bet; look to Cire Trudon for luxurious scented candles that have been perfected over centuries, or NEOM for a festive twist.

2. Have a Selection of Drinks

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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 with whisky decanters and tumblers from LSA, wine breathers from Menu and carafes and decanters from Broste Copenhagen.

3. Set your Table

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Small festive touches come in the form of gold cutlery and serving utensils from Broste Copenhagen, 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 from Menu, or geometric design from HAY – with linen napkins providing extra colour and texture.

4. Serve your Best Dish

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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.

Words by Angharad Jones

Angharad Jones

Angharad Jones

Writer and expert