Hosting a memorable festive party calls for a little creativity and pre-planning. Here, we reveal our insider tips to ensuring your evening goes off without a hitch.
Create a mood board in your head of how you want the evening to look. Think about themes, table displays, flowers and food. Opt for a menu and dishes that you’ve cooked before and know everyone will love. Always check your guest’s dietary requirements beforehand so that you’re able to offer substitute meals if need be.
Jamie Oliver Everyday Supper Food Book, Dhs169, Virgin Megastores, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif.
Write a list of everything you’ll need to buy from the Dubai shopping malls. To get the most out of your shopping trip, categorise the items into stores. For example: Crate & Barrel Dubai – candles and serving platters, or Carrefour Supermarket – ice and groceries. This will save you time and ensure nothing gets overlooked.
Notebook, starting at Dhs39, Paperchase, visit Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif.
Add personal touches to your dining table or canapé station. This could be through colourful floral displays, custom name cards or by placing an instant Polaroid camera on the table for your guests to capture fun moments themselves.
Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera, Dhs299, Grand Stores Digital, visit Mall of the Emirates.
Lighting is key to creating a welcoming ambience. We favour subtle lighting with plenty of different sized candles. You want to make sure your guests can see clearly enough while eating, so line the centre of your table with candelabras and Moroccan lanterns filled with tea lights. Always stick to just one scented candle to ensure it doesn’t interfere with your food.
Candelabra, Dhs165, Zara Home, visit Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Deira.
Finally, make a great party playlist! Start off with soothing lounge beats and work up to dance floor classics for the guests who want to show off their moves.
* Prices shown are at the time of the visit to the mall and could change at any point.