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The festive season is approaching! That means it’s time to lay down the laptop and get a head start on those summer celebrations.

Entertaining in your own home is always exciting. But with cocktails and canapes happening every other weekend, we like to think of ways to make our parties stand out.

To take the pressure off, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite ideas to make your dinner party one to remember…


The type of table setting you choose can mark the difference between a casual BBQ and an elegant affair.  I personally love to keep it light and bright with turquoise, metallic and white.  Gorgeous silverware is also a must.


While it’s always a good idea to keep wine and beer handy, make your party super special by pre-making cocktails instead. Team SWIISH adore this idea of placing fruity popsicles into drinks – fresh, summery and so unique. 


A buffet style banquet is always a great idea because it gives people the freedom to pick and choose as they please.  You might even like to try something super unique like this D.I.Y bruschetta bar above.  How cute is that?!


In my opinion, you can never have too many candles.  I just love how they can add a magical, romantic vibe to just about any space.  If you’re eating outside, lantern or fairy lights are another great way to totally transform the atmosphere.  


When it comes to music, never just play the radio.  Nothing kills the party vibe quicker than radio ads or talk show chatter.  Our preference is to keep the theme relaxed with a few crowd favourites.

If you’re stuck for where to start, YouTube has some great summer mixes.  Otherwise, you can never go wrong with a bit of Ed Sheeran or something by Lost Frequencies.    

The most important thing to remember is that the hostess / host sets the tone for the whole night.  If you’re running around stressing about little things, your guests will too.  So slip your shoes off, let your hair down and have fun!