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Home visit: ideas for a pop-up dinner party

This season, why not take the stress out of hosting by getting everyone involved? A group of friends show us how they like to do it in their communal home…

A collection of dining table and chairs with some people socializing together.
A collection of dining table and chairs with some people socializing together.

Set the scene

Choose a shared space for your party, if possible, to take the pressure away from hosting in your own home. Opt for a set-up that encourages relaxed conversation – think soft seating as well as dining chairs – while also adding a sense of drama. Textile backdrops, candles and plants are great for creating a party mood.

Make self service easy

Do away with formal table settings and let everyone help themselves with stacked plates and cutlery in glasses. Not only is it hassle-free, it also sparks more interaction and sharing around the table.

Bring a chair

Ask guests to contribute handy essentials like extra seats. By sharing the load as a group, you lessen individual responsibility and increase the fun. Just don’t forget to remind people to take back their donations at the end of the night!

Three mismatched pendant lamps hanging at different heights.

Hang statement light shades

Looking for an easy way to add wow factor to your table? Pendant lights hung at different heights are a beautiful option, with or without bulbs – try mix and match shades and styles for a bohemian feel.

Serve up easy dishes

Who says you have to spend hours cooking to throw a feast? Instead, try simpler options like cooking a meal with your guests, asking everyone to bring a dish, or even getting takeout and serving it up restaurant-style.

Try tray to table

Having a tray or two on hand will come in useful in more ways than one. Use them to help serve food, clear plates away, or even to create a focal point on your table by mixing decorative elements like candles and plants with food and drink.

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Made by
Interior stylist: Katie Phillips
Photographer: Mel Yates