Be the per­fect host

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1 If you’re ca­ter­ing for a crowd and can’t face tack­ling piles of wash­ing up, opt for Pipii’s sug­ar­cane biodegrad­able white par­ty­ware. The smart square din­ner plates cost from £3.60 for 10. 2 Not ev­ery­one has a huge din­ner ser­vice, but if you’re us­ing mis­matched crock­ery, tie the look to­gether by us­ing the same coloured nap­kins at each place set­ting. Talk­ing Tables has an ex­cel­lent range. 3 If your din­ing space isn’t big enough to ac­com­mo­date an ex­tra­long ta­ble, try turn­ing it at an an­gle di­ag­o­nally across the room. You’ll gain a few more feet and be able to seat a cou­ple of ex­tra peo­ple. 4 Us­ing match­ing wine and wa­ter glasses will en­sure your ta­ble looks co­or­di­nated and stylish. If you’re us­ing mis­matched sets, stock up on the great-value Ivrig col­lec­tion, from £1 for a glass, Ikea. 5 When you’re host­ing a large num­ber for Christ­mas lunch but don’t want to in­vest in a big­ger ta­ble, just buy a cou­ple of easy-to­store tres­tles, from £5 each, and a ta­ble top, from £40, both Ikea.

Need ex­tra seat­ing? This old-school-style chair comes as part of a set and stacks for easy stor­age, £440 for six, Alexan­der & Pearl

Make sure ev­ery­one knows where to sit by plac­ing dec­o­ra­tive place name hold­ers on the din­ner ta­ble, £6.99 for six, Ginger Ray

If you’re ca­ter­ing for large num­bers, go for th­ese pa­per Party Porce­lain Rose nap­kins, £4/20 from Talk­ing Tables, rather than linen

This gold cut­lery from Wilko looks glam­orousbut is only £20 for a set, so ideal if you’re hav­ing to buy more than a few place set­tings

Eas­ily stored away, th­ese stack­ing stools, £4 each from Ikea, are great when you to needto squeeze ex­tra peo­ple around the ta­ble

Store ex­tra table­ware in the brass-clad Pas­cali side­board, £899 from Atkin & Thyme. It’s a beau­ti­ful and prac­ti­cal piece

Bring some twin­kle to the ta­ble with gold-star-printed crock­ery, £25 fora 12-piece set, Ge­orge Home

Per­fect for large gath­er­ings, the ex­tend­ingCalia ta­ble, from £799, John Lewis & Part­ners, is avail­able as a 6-10 or 8-12 seater

Get the party started by pass­ing round de­li­cious ap­pe­tis­ers in this smart, oak-basedtapas set, £100, LSA In­ter­na­tional

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