Just because the weather is miserable and cold, that doesn't mean you have to cut down on social events. A dinner party is the perfect way to entertain friends within the comfort of your own space, without the need to worry about getting caught in the rain or trying to flag down a ride home at the end of the night.

If you're unsure how to liven up your dining room, we've created an easy guide to get you on track for a dinner party that your friends will be talking about, long after dessert has been served. Read on for some mealtime inspiration and to shop our favourite homeware pieces.

Yes I’m talking about those coupes, flutes and martini glasses packed away for a special occasion, because life's too short to wait for the right moment. Even a humble lemonade can look elegant when poured into a dazzling glass.

Changing up your everyday plates for dishes with colourful designs will not only liven the mood, it will make your food look a whole lot more exciting. Add some sleek utensils and a quirky serving platter and you’ll be sure to have a conversation starter in no time.

Even a small bunch of flowers can immediately brighten up a room so why not put them in a statement vase as a centrepiece. Colourful candles will help set the mood with unique placemats and coasters added as the perfect finishing touches.

If you always tend to go towards a safe, bookmarked recipe then maybe it’s time to try a new cuisine. Surprise your friends with Japanese crispy fried eggplant, slow-cooked tacos, roasted cauliflower korma or an Italian potato pie.

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