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Creating a great atmosphere at a party doesn’t just happen, so it’s worth taking a look at aspects such as furniture placement.
“If you’re having a lot of people over, you want to ensure there’s a flow in your house,” Julie Wilson from Figmint Catering says. “It’s a good idea to move the furniture against the wall or out of the room altogether for space.”
Bright lighting is best avoided when it comes to parties because it casts shadows.
“If you can dim the lights over your table, that’s fantastic,” Julie says. “Other than that, clusters of candles are great so you get quite a lot of warmth, or even a lamp that’s low on the ground in a corner that’s throwing off enough light so you can see what you’re eating.”
Julie says having the right music will create an ambience, but it’s important that it suits the people you’re inviting.
“It can change the tempo of the party as well,” she says. “You can have chilled out music when people first arrive and if they start having a bit more fun you can crank it up and maybe dance later on in the night.”
In many cases, there’s no need to overdo the decorations.
“If you’ve got a few friends coming over for a dinner party, then just fresh flowers or setting the table with a beautiful tablescape that’s relative to the theme for the evening makes it a little bit more special,” Julie says.
e th cement. ple n ring e her ows. er her hat’s ing e c at e Fresh flowers, white plates and elegant candles set off this dining table from Ikea.