29 April 2019

Essentials for a Summer Dinner Party

corelle dinner set for the easter feast

We usually think of winter as the season for dinner parties, with plenty of family gathers and festive events to attend. However, summer also brings with it plenty of opportunities to host dinner parties, especially garden parties once the weather is warm enough for outdoor dining.

To ensure that all of your dinner parties are a success this summer, these are the essentials you’ll need to stock up.

The Right Dinner Set

Having the right dinner set is essential for a summer dinner party. Not only do you need to consider different patterns, shapes, and colour schemes but you also need to think about how durable the plates will be. This is especially important if you’re planning on dining outdoors as accidents can easily occur in the garden and you don’t want to risk damaging your dinnerware, or worse, breaking it altogether.  

Barbecue Accessories

You’ll no doubt want to make the most of the weather by throwing your dinner party outdoors or organising a garden party which can only mean one thing: it’s barbecue time.

After you have dusted off your barbecue grill and made sure it is ready for action, you’ll need to make sure that you have all the right tools for the job at hand. They say a man is only as good as his tools, so you’ll need to make sure that you’re stocked up on all the essential barbecue accessories.

The following should cover all of your barbecue needs (just make sure that they are all long-handled, to avoid burning yourself):

  • Two spatulas, one for fish and one for flipping burgers
  • Tongs for turning over any other types of meat and any vegetables you are grilling
  • A marinade brush to ensure that all your food stays moist, after all, there is nothing worse than a dry piece of chicken!
  • Meat probe to check when your burgers and meat items have been cooked to a safe temperature

Bar Area


As the host, you’ll have plenty of things to be looking after to ensure that your summer dinner party is a success and setting up a bar area is a great way to give yourself one less job to do throughout the evening.

By setting out all the essentials for popular cocktails and mixers, you can let your guests top up their glasses as and when they need to, rather than patiently waiting for you to offer them another drink.

You can also set up a drinks dispenser or a non-alcoholic punch bowl to keep guest hydrated – this is particularly useful if there will be plenty of children attending.   

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