Cold winter evenings mean one thing to us here at Littlewoods: less going out partying and more staying in! But staying at home doesn’t mean avoiding entertaining. Having friends over for a casual dinner party – or even something more upbeat – is a great way to spend dark evenings, simply with a home-cooked meal and bottle of wine. This season, make sure your home is looking its best with our guide to getting furnishing for dinner parties.
Dinner parties require an essential ingredient – the dining table! Investing in a high-quality, classic dining table is a good idea, as this is one piece of furniture that always sees a lot of use. Choose from our brilliant range at Littlewoods for a variety of styles: we love the Litchfield Twin Pedestal Dining Table for a traditional feel, its turned wooden legs evoking a nostalgic style. Or, for a contemporary home, how about the Primo dining table, in two sizes with either four or six chairs? Available in a range of delicious cream, coffee and chocolate colours, this modern dining table set features upholstered chairs for extra comfort and a sturdy, simple table that can be dressed up easily.
Talking of dressing the table, nothing is more luxurious for even a small dinner party than a well-presented, opulent dining table. Jewel tones are big news this AW2011, so we’ve opted for a mix of warm ruby, amber, and bronze-gold tones in our table. Start with some plain, easy-care table linen like our Plain Dyed Tablecloth and Napkin Set in natural, then layer up with the Faux Silk Dining Table Runner in a hot pink colour. Use simple white china, like our attractively priced 16-Piece Porcelain Dinner Set, but add a glamorous touch with the 4-piece Charger Plate Set in muted gold. Add more toasty jewel tones with these ruby red Swan Conical Wine Glasses, and create a beautifully lit table with our bronze, gold and silver Glitter Finish Tealight Holders. Serve after-dinner coffee with the Le Creuset 4-Piece Mug Set for a co-ordinating look.
Whether you’ve got guests round or you’re simply having a quiet night in, creating a warm and welcoming environment in your dining and living rooms is very important. We love this Lattice Lighting Set in gorgeous chocolate brown faux suede for an ambient light that creates a Moroccan style feel – especially when combined with all those warm, jewel colours. Continue this spicy colour scheme with the sumptuous Lunar Cushion Covers (pair) in rustic red and the playful, textured Glitzy Sequin Cushion in sparkling ruby tones. Add a Knitted Throw in cream so guests can keep warm, or even the Ombre Faux-Fur Throwover for a luxurious touch.
With these tips, you’re sure to keep your guests entertained – just don’t forget about the dinner!