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The art of entertaining and new dinner party wares to buy now

Shop tableware, dining furniture and a new cook book and throw a memorable, casual dinner party 

Set the scene


Habitat knows how to do casual dining and create a welcoming dining room. For SS19, the homeware brand has brought out a traditional French farmhouse dining table, with two cutlery drawers and matching benches. Anderson dining table, £450, Anderson dining bench, £195, Talia grey dining chair, £95 each.

Eat from bowls


This season, Habitat’s tableware consists of ceramic serving bowls, piled up on the table. Serving up a big communal dish in a beautiful, large, low-rise bowl is the easy way to present food, so gregarious guests can pass it around. This is the Pablo dinnerware range, from £8.   

Update your glassware


Discovered on a design trip to Poland, Habitat’s Bianca glassware has an art-deco vibe to it with a delicate grass green stem and turquoise base. Made from crystalline glass, the collection is lead free. Bianca white wine glass, £12 each (set of four, £60), Bianca red wine glass, £15 each (set of four, £65), Bianca champagne coupe, £15 each (set of four £60).

Opt for healthy recipes


The latest healthy eating cookbook, ‘Pinch of Nom’ is out in March. There are 100 recipes in the book, 33 of which are vegetarian. It comes from the founders of the UK's most visited food blog. The home-style recipes have helped people to cook well and lose weight. Pinch of Nom: 100 Slimming, Home-style Recipes (Hardback) by Kate Allinson and Kay Featherstone, £16.99, Waterstones.

Choose ceramic mugs


When serving tea or coffee after a meal, ensure a personal touch with the new Oliver Bonas mug range. They have a handmade quality and the colours and glazes are right on-trend. Each mug is truly individual (no need for a cup and saucer nowadays). Mugs from £8-£16, Oliver Bonas.