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Dinner Party Essentials

Dinner parties are a wonderful way to gather your nearest and dearest together to enjoy each other’s company, as well as some delicious food! However, hosting a party can be a daunting task for many, especially if it is your first time doing so.

Nevertheless, there are plenty of simple ways to make hosting easier so that you can show off your culinary skills, sip your favourite cocktails, and have those much-needed catchups with friends.

Whether you’re looking for ideas for a dinner party that will impress both old friends and new acquaintances will love or just need some inspiration to get the party started, take a look at our ultimate dinner party essentials, all of which are available with a One4all Gift Card.

Service with a Sparkle

Every party starts with that showstopping outfit, sure to make you look the part as you prepare for an evening of fun and excitement with your closest pals.  A dinner party is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a stylish new outfit, perhaps one you’ve had your eye on but not had the right occasion for. Ordering an outfit in advance will take the stress out of getting ready and this sequin halter mini from Nasty Gal is the perfect dress for you to sparkle and be the hostess with the mostest!

Sequin Detail Halter Neck Mini Dress, £24.50 from Nasty Gal


Welcoming guests with a glass of sparkling wine is a great way to greet your guests and makes for a lovely start to the fun filled evening. If you really want to elevate your drinks service and impress your guests, then this two-tier drinks trolley from Amara makes a standout bar as well as the perfect spot for friends and family can gather and truly get to know each other. With its gold, sleek appearance, this trolley will bring an air of luxury that every dinner party calls for!

Luxe Brass Two Tier Drinks Trolley, £189 from Amara

Delicious Dishes

If you’re a whiz in the kitchen or just getting started, a quality set of crockery is essential to any cook’s arsenal! With food being the main event of any dinner party, your guests will love tucking into to beautiful side dishes or decadent crème-brulés served in these heart-shaped stoneware from Robert Dyas. Cute without compromising on the quality, these dishes will definitely add a pop of colour to your dinner table and truly show how much your guests mean to you.

Premier Housewares Amour Set of 3 Heart Shape Stoneware Dishes, £19.99 from Robert Dyas

Party Plates

Presentation is key with any meal, whether you plan to serve up your grandmother’s go-to recipe or a brand-new dessert you’ve seen on your favourite cooking show. Denby have a fantastic range of tableware to choose from, allowing you to create your dream table layout. Add finishing touches with your most special napkins and light up the room with pretty tea lights to bring personality and ambience to the table, so you can impress your guests with a restaurant-worth dining experience.

Imperial Blue 12 Piece Coupe Set, £202 from Denby

Pick your Players

Playing games is the perfect way to end a night filled with food, love and laughter. Wind down the night with the Family Edition of Cards Against Humanity - a fun way to get to know yourself and your friends better. What’s more, if you’re finding that the wait between your courses is longer than anticipated, then games are a great way to entertain your guests and give you the time you need to finesse each dish and top up the cocktail glasses!

Cards Against Humanity Family Edition Card Game, £27.99 from Argos