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Invite strangers: host a supper club!

05 October 2016

When Elisabetta set up her Appartamento9 Supper Club, opening the doors of her Rome apartment to complete strangers, she embraced the challenge of a new kind of hosting. ‘I have to convince people to spend a night at my home instead of at a restaurant,’ she says. ‘First I publicise my events on social media to get interest, and then I do everything I can to make sure guests have a great experience when they arrive.’ She shares her ideas for hosting a dinner party with a difference…

A cosy setting for a dinner party
Elisabetta adds the finishing touches to her table setting

Create a relaxed atmosphere

Elisabetta transforms her terrace into a welcoming dining area. ‘If, like me, you love a clean, monochrome look, but still want the dining space to feel soft and romantic, try combining a graphic tablecloth, modern dinnerware, a little greenery and nice lights. It sets a special mood and brings people together,’ she says. Click here to see the rest of Elisabetta’s home.

Write menu cards and light candles

Give your guests a warm welcome

Good food is essential, but so is creating an inviting atmosphere. Try making individual table settings and, for a special finishing touch, designing your own menu. ‘Being greeted by candlelight, a full glass and a handmade menu at each setting puts guests at their ease,’ says Elisabetta. Click here to try Elisabetta’s menu

Use lanterns and candles to transform your space

Light the mood

Use lights to turn an everyday space into a place to entertain. The fun twinkle of string lights will put guests in a party mood, while the comforting flicker of candlelight will invite them to lean in and chat. Pick red-toned lights to give your space a relaxed feel, and dimmable bulbs to make it easy to switch the mood.

Elisabetta’s guests at her supper club

‘I try to create a welcoming environment so guests can relax and enjoy the experience. The best part is when they stop being self-conscious about being strangers and start to make friends’

Elisabetta, sommelier, Italy

Watch Elisabetta’s supper club in action

Welcome to the supper club! Take a peek at one of Elisabetta’s memorable evenings

Made by

Photography: Dan Duchars
Styling: Emily Henson

Follow Elisabetta at Appartamento9.it