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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.

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