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How to: Host a winter dinner party with Liv Madeline

Author Editor - 2 minute read

With the cold weather well and truly upon us, it’s the perfect time to spend a day inside cooking up a storm in the kitchen and hosting a winter dinner party for your family and friends. Good conversation, company, food and drinks are the ideal ways to spend a cosy Saturday evening inside.

Looking for some inspiration? You're in the right place - get ready for dinner party season with winter hosting inspiration from lifestyle influencer, Liv Madeline.


Simple ceramics 


Make the most of dinner party hosting with our range of contemporary Nightshade tableware. Our tableware is reinvented for autumn winter in a new charcoal nightshade creating an enduring appeal and a relaxing calm setting. Hand-finished and artisan in design, our Nightshade collection adds rustic hues and organic shapes to your winter table set-up. 

Designed with a unique black glaze finish and hand-dipped rim, style and delicacies are on the menu with our Nightshade crockery. But don't just take our word for it - take styling cues from Liv and pair our Nightshade ceramics with contrasting polished gold cutlery and clear glassware to create an effortlessly elegant table for your winter hosting duties.



Luxe glassware

Finish your winter dinner party tablescape with luxe stylish glassware like Liv – whether it's glasses ideal for toasting festive days ahead or a statement vase as an eye-catching centrepiece to showcase your favourite seasonal blooms. Upgrade your table setting with the addition of luxe tumblers, wine glasses or champagne flutes, perfect for serving up your favourite festive cocktails and tipples - or used for other soft drinks on the daily. 



Lay your table ahead of time


Just before your guests are due to arrive is when it will probably be when you'll be the busiest and also the most stressful part of the night. So to save yourself time and stress running around trying to lay the table before their arrival, Liv recommends laying your winter dinner table setting just before your start your cooking or even the evening before to give you plenty of time to enjoy the set-up process and get creative.



Choose the right music

The right dinner party music can have such a big impact on the atmosphere and mood of your party so it’s important to choose or create the perfect playlist. Aim for something that is easy to listen to that will suit the mood. 



Get decorative 

Add a sense of festive ambience and warmth to your dining table décor with spruces of seasonal flowers, dried or fresh, and rustic accents, like crisp natural linens. Take inspiration from Liv and decorate your table setting with touches of dried flowers and foliage to add colour and a sense of joy to your table - style in spare glasses, a vase or randomly placed around the table for an uplifting touch. 

If you really want to set the ambiance, light a few scented candles. Flickering candlelight adds a warm glow and a festive touch to your space all season long. 



Dress to impress

Now the dinner party setting is ready to go, you can't forget about making the 'hostest with the mostest' look and feel good. Get ready to step into your party and make an entrance in the perfect outfit. A festive favourite for winter party dressing is adding a velvet touch, and we’ve created a playfully poised piece especially for the season. Take styling cues from Liv and reach for our Ilavia Velvet Midi Dress - it's sultry meets sophistication with it's flirty v-neckline and midi length accentuated by a single leg split, all in an opulently smooth velvet construction.


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