A Step-by-Step Guide to Hosting a European-style Dinner

Are you dreaming of hosting a dinner party with a European flair? Whether it's an intimate gathering of friends or a larger celebration, bringing the ambiance of Europe to your dining room can create a unique and unforgettable experience. Let's take inspiration from this stunning picture of a well-set dinner table with a European vibe, and explore what you can do to create a similar atmosphere.


9/1/20234 min read

A Step-by-Step Guide to Hosting a European-style Dinner

I always fantasize of having dinner parties with a European flare, even if I don't live in Mediterranean Europe. If you feel the same way and want to have a special meal with friends or family, I can help you with that! I have all the ideas and inspiration you need to throw the best dinner ever.


let's talk about the essential elements of a European-style dining room. Think rustic elegance, with a focus on natural materials and simple, timeless decor. Wooden tables and chairs, candlesticks, and flowers are a must. You don't have to break the bank to achieve the look - scour thrift stores and flea markets for vintage items that fit the bill.

To start,

set the table with a crisp white tablecloth or placemats, and add a colorful or patterned runner for a pop of color. Simple white or cream-colored plates, and clear or lightly colored glasses are perfect for showcasing the food and drinks. Fold napkins neatly and place them at each setting, or use a fancy napkin ring to add some glamor.

@ H&M

Let’s add some ambiance to the room

Candles are a must-have for a European-style dinner, and the more, the merrier. Mix and match candle holders of varying heights and styles to create a warm, romantic glow. Add a centerpiece to the table - this could be a floral arrangement, a bowl of fruit, or even a collection of vintage bottles and jars.

To complete the look,

add some finishing touches to the room. Hang some art or a mirror on the wall, and add some throw pillows or a cozyblanket to any nearby seating areas. Play some background music - classical or instrumental pieces work well - to create an immersive experience. If you're outside, hang up some string lights. 

Now it's time to plan the menu

European cuisine is diverse and delicious, so the options are endless. You could go for an Italian-style pasta dish, a French-inspired steak or chicken dish, or even a Spanish paella. Don't forget the bread and cheese - a staple in any European meal. And of course, wine is a must-have for any European-style dinner party.


don't forget to enjoy yourself! Hosting a dinner party is an opportunity to bring people together, share good food and wine, and create memories that will last a lifetime. So put on your best outfit, raise a glass, and enjoy the European vibes in your yard or in your dining room. Cheers!

@ Lulu & Georgia

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