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An Eat Sleep Live Guide to Hosting a Dinner Party

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

Our 'Eat' furniture was designed for entertaining, there is nothing that one of our dining tables likes better than to be the centre piece of your dinner party.  Take our Grand Dining Table for example with its super chunk top, impressive legs and modern sleek design, it would create an elegant setting no matter what seating you choose.  For more of a contemporary stylish look, compliment our table with these Eames style chairs. [caption id="attachment_5353" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Grand Dining Table, £1,240.00 Grand Dining Table, from £1,240.00[/caption] What better way to get your party started than having your table decorated with these bright and colourful chairs. [caption id="attachment_5354" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Grand Dining Table, from £1,240.00 Grand Dining Table, from £1,240.00[/caption] Or if you're partial to an elegant and more refined evening of entertainment then add a more sophisticated chair such as these with our original dining table. [caption id="attachment_5355" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Original Dining Table, from £980.00 Original Dining Table, from £980.00[/caption] But what are the rules when hosting a dinner party?  According to British Etiquette website Debrett's, you should inform your guests in advance of the dress code. We all know the joke of someone thinking its fancy dress and the rest of your guests arrive in normal dress. You don't want someone in your party feeling uncomfortable before it has even started. Debrett's also advise that drinks on arrival should last for at least 15 minutes but no longer than an hour. We can image your guests will be getting very peckish if they had to wait longer than an hour for a bite to eat. So how do you dress one of our Eat Sleep Live Dining Tables?  As you know we perfected a rustic chic design so we have found a few accessories to enhance your dinner party centre piece.  These pretty leaf place mats have a rustic botanical charm that will add appeal to your table setting, and are the perfect pieces to showcase your dinner service. [caption id="attachment_5356" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Leaf Place mat, John Lewis £5.00 Leaf Place mat, John Lewis £5.00[/caption] We believe that simplicity can create a luxurious feel such as a simple black line on a white plate.  This playful design was originally created to help children tell the time, but we think it has a subtle elegance that can not be ignored. [caption id="attachment_5357" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Dinner time plate set Moscow 3, Above and Beyond £62.50 Dinner time plate set Moscow 3, Above and Beyond £62.50[/caption] Display your salad in this raw and rugged beautiful hand-crafted bowl, uniquely made from natural grains of olive wood. [caption id="attachment_5358" align="aligncenter" width="413"]Olive Wood Salad Bowl & Servers, iapetus £12.95 Olive Wood Salad Bowl & Servers, iapetus £12.95[/caption] Contrast this wooden bowl with stainless steel, the combination of natural and metal pieces will give your table a dramatic look.  The brambles and flowers in this double dip bowl make this piece unique and great for your nibbles and dips. [caption id="attachment_5359" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Bramble Double Dip, IN-SPACES £25.00 Bramble Double Dip, IN-SPACES £25.00[/caption] You may have some guests who live a healthier lifestyle, so make sure you can offer them a dessert that will appeal to their needs.  Display an abundance of fruit on this striking rustic food scoop and you will have an empty fruit bowl at the end of the evening. [caption id="attachment_5360" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Rice Scoop Ideal Wooden Fruit Bowl, Orchid Furniture £25.00 Rice Scoop Ideal Wooden Fruit Bowl, Orchid Furniture £25.00[/caption] Make sure that your guests are never lost for a beverage by keeping it close to hand.  This stylish carafe set has a real 'year in Provence' feel about it and will make your guests feel relaxed as though on holiday. [caption id="attachment_5361" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Wicker Carafe Set, The Contemporary Home £39.99 Wicker Carafe Set, The Contemporary Home £40.00[/caption] Ensure you create the right ambiance by placing a number of these hand crafted tea lights with a rustic silver finish, creating a twinkly, warm and wonderful effect.  The perfect finish to the perfect Eat Sleep Live dinner party. [caption id="attachment_5362" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Giant Etched Glass T Light Holder, Oscar & Eve £45.00 Giant Etched Glass T Light Holder, Oscar & Eve £45.00[/caption] This huge tea light holder is exceptionally beautiful - all twinkly, sparkly and warm - and creates a stunning table centrepiece. The etching on the glass is crafted by hand and the combination of this, the rustic silver finish and the flame create a wonderful effect.    

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