Everybody loves to spend a nice evening together with friends and family in a beautiful setting. Great food and drinks, beautiful decoration, chats and laughter – it’s all about creating a feel-good atmosphere. The question is though, how do you make sure that your guests are having a fabulous time? Let us explain you how to be a perfect host or hostess.

How to be a perfect Host

Planning is the key. There are several things to think about if you follow the advice of UK etiquette expert William Hanson or Swedish etiquette expert Magdalena Ribbing. Firstly, send either a formal invitation or digital one. Inform your guests of the dates and dress code. Make sure that you have put together a great guest list.

On the night itself have something for people to do when they arrive and prepare as much food as you can in advance. “You can discretely plan the seating and randomly inform your guest where to sit”. For example “Anders sits next to Anna over there and you sit there”, suggests Magdalena Ribbing.

It isn’t so much about finding the perfect guests — though that helps — as it is being the perfect host.

Mood and Decoration

An old French tradition that provides a family feeling is for the host/hostess to serve the food to the guests. Don’t forget to set the mood with music. Remember that decorating doesn’t have to be expensive. You might even consider having a theme. Charlota de la Cuesta, interior stylist at Es Cantó in Portocolom, recommends to use a tablecloth, table runner or placemats. Try to match the colours after season. “Flowers are always a beauty to the eyes. You can also use fresh fruit to add colour to the dining table”, says Charlota. “Or put apples, oranges, lemons and any other fruits you like in transparent glass containers and turn them into centrepieces for the dining table”. Though according to our experts the most important thing is to have fun!

At any dinner, the table is the centre of attention and the spot in the home that encourages you to showcase your signature style.

Be the best Guest

  • Accept the invitation on time
  • Note the dress code
  • Arrive on time
  • Bring a gift
  • Mingle

  • Offer to help
  • Enjoy the food
  • Know when to leave
  • Write a thank you letter. Either in paper or digital
  • Reciprocal entertaining

Special thanks

We want to thank Charlota de la Cuesta from Es Cantó en Portocolom, Sa Vinya finca from Prime Property Investments, Lady Grape for wine, Juxta Mare, chef Jonathan Staley, yacht Christina G which is available for charter in the Balearics and make up artist Anabel Martin. Photos by Pernilla Daniellson.

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