The ultimate dinner party

To me, there is something very special about holding a dinner party.  It brings all of my loves in life together – good food, friends and family, the warmth of home, and an opportunity to relax and be in good company.  I love the whole ‘Kinfolk‘ ethos – soul food, nourishment, community – people sharing food and sharing stories.  At the moment I feel a little overwhelmed with everything going on, and I just know that holding an evening like this would really help me relax and remember what’s important.

So when I was challenged by Anthropologie to blog about my ‘ultimate dinner party’, I couldn’t help but get a little excited just thinking about it.  To me, Autumn and Winter are the ultimate times to hold a cosy family get together.  So, dig out your best party frock, and pack your appetite and a pair of slippers for later…

T h e  d i n n e r  t a b l e

For me, an Autumn or Winter dinner party has to be cosy – candles burning, fairy lights strung around, comfy places to sit and thoughtful, welcoming details.  I love the idea of interspersing nature with homely touches – the place settings and centrepieces made from wreaths or tree branches are lovely.

anthropologie dinner party

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anthropologie dinner party

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T h e  t a b l e w a r e

Even if Anthropologie hadn’t been the ones to inspire me to post about my ultimate dinner party, I’d still have hopped right over to their website for tableware and kitchenware inspiration.  They just have the most beautiful things, and I constantly have a long wishlist of items from their site that would look perfect in my home.  I always serve food in mismatched plates and bowls, I think it’s much more fun to add new kitchenware as you go along rather than buying a boring set!  Their colourful crockery and textiles would definitely bring some cheer to a winter dinner party.

anthropologie dinner party

orkney plate // cake server // muffin pan
two cookies left plate // orkney bowl // lucita tea towel

F o o d  a n d  d r i n k

As it’s an Autumn/Winter dinner party it has to be full of comfort food – hearty, warming, good for the soul type food.  A little bit indulgent, but we’ll burn it off with all the board games later, right? 

anthropologie dinner party

Hemsley + Hemsley’s Mexican hot chocolate // Squash and goat’s cheese empanadas

Shakshuka with kale and goat’s cheese

Caramel stuffed gingerbread cookies // Hot apple cider with cinnamon chips

P a r t y  d r e s s e s

Of course one of the most fun things about hosting or attending a dinner party, can be choosing the perfect party outfit.  As usual, anthropologie also have some pretty lust-worthy dresses for the party season – currently majorly coveting that embroidered neoprene shift – so fab.

anthropologie dinner party

brushed plaid dress // tulle sheath dress // embroidered neoprene shift

But as it’s a dinner party with cosiness at the heart of it, you’re welcome – no, you’re encouraged – to bring your PJs and slippers for when you want to pop on something a little more comfortable.  We take board games very seriously at our house, and you don’t want anything too restrictive for some serious Cluedo or Trivial Pursuit action.

What would be a part of your ultimate dinner party? (And would you like to come to mine…?)

One more little exciting element of the #anthrodinnerparty campaign is that you could win £100 in Anthropologie vouchers just by tweeting that you love my dinner party ideas! To be in with a chance of winning the vouchers just tweet:

I want to go to A Rosie Outlook’s #anthrodinnerparty @rosieoutlook with @AnthropologieEU!

Or click the tweet button:

Tweet: I want to go to A Rosie Outlook's #anthrodinnerparty @rosieoutlook with @AnthropologieEU!

Anthropologie will pick a winner out of the tweets on 1 December.  You can also see the other four entries into the #anthrodinnerparty campaign on the Anthropologie blog. Good luck!

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