Sharing a meal with friends and loved ones, there’s nothing like it. There’s many benefits to connecting while breaking bread. For one, you get to enjoy some delicious food – either home-cooked or ordered in. But you also get to catch up with your friends and family and enjoy some pleasant conversation and jokes.
Yet all that can seem sub-par if your dining room isn’t up to scratch. So, let’s spend some time exploring how you can dine debonair, and add a touch of class to your dining room.
The Most Important Thing
The most important thing you need to successfully host a stellar dinner or an unforgettable luncheon is a good, solid dining table. You’re not going to be able to get away with a fold-out camping table that’s for sure, so it’s lucky that there is an abundance of stylish dining tables in Melbourne.
You need something that just speaks to your elegance, class and style. A good, hardwood polished timber is the way to go if you’re after that classic vibe. For those after a more modern aesthetic, consider polished steel or even polished concrete.
For those wanting to emulate the feasts of the Romans and Greeks you could even opt for polished marble or granite. While we’re on the topic of furniture…
The Importance of Sitting
Dining room chairs are almost as important as your dining room table. While some chairs come in sets with tables you can choose to purchase the chairs separately. This option has some benefits as you can choose a set of chairs that either complements your table by matching it closely (for example brown on brown or black on black) or a set of chairs that completely contrasts against your table. Both make an impression, so it’s a matter of what impression you’re looking to make.
Atmosphere and Ambience
You absolutely cannot forget to add a touch of atmosphere and ambience to your dining space. You can go about this in a number of ways. One easy way to do this is to hang a few pieces of tasteful artwork in strategic locations. A well-placed piece of art or two will catch your guests’ eyes and prompt some conversation about the merits of impressionism versus cubism.
Another easy way to add some class to your dining space is by lighting. To create some serious mood you can turn off all the lights and enjoy a candlelit dinner. This may be just the ticket if you’re single, ready to mingle and are planning on wooing your guest over dinner. If your meal is a more platonic affair, consider lamps or dimming the overhead lights.
Finally, you can’t go past some soft music to set the mood. Again, if romance is your plan then aim for some smooth tunes to make your intentions clear. If you’re entertaining friends or family then some soft jazz, blues or dub will do the trick.
The trick is not to crank it up. You want to be able to enjoy the conversation while the music provides some background vibes.
Enjoy Your Meal!
There we have it.
To set the scene, make sure that your dining table is the true center piece of your dining room. Contrast or complement your table with a brilliant set of dining chairs. Finally, set the mood correctly with a smart choice of artwork, lighting and music.
And most importantly, be a good host and you’ll ensure that your guests will look forward to dining with you time and time again.
Also, try not to order Menulog and pass it off as your own cooking! Everyone likes takeout, so be honest about it.
Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powers of Self-Acceptance, Appreciation, and Personal Achievement. We ask that every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have written. In that way, and as a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring you to Get All A’s.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? Additionally, what are you still working on accepting? Now, we’re talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.
That not all will enjoy my writing.
2. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? On the other hand OR in contrast, are there elements of who you are that you’re still working on appreciating?
I appreciate my ability to be creative.
3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell us not only what makes YOU most proud but also share the goals and dreams that you still have.
Proud to have a career in writing
4. Of course, we all have imperfections, or so we think. In truth, we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? Likewise, what imperfections and quirks create who you are—your Identity?
I guess many…my sense of humor….
5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to appreciate and express all the positive traits that make you…well…YOU! In fact, sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (We assure you!) Therefore, Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
I love my writing and family.