As lockdown restrictions finally begin to ease, restaurants will soon open but under some restrictions. If you’re looking for a more relaxed way to have a long-awaited catch-up with friends and family, hosting a dinner party is a great way to do that.

We’ve rounded up our top 5 top tips to make your restaurant at home feel more special.


Dress to impress 

Loungewear be gone, many of us have spent the last year in casual clothes. Make a change and ask guests to dust off their formal wear to give your gathering a sense of grandeur!


Place cards

It’s all about the little details when it comes to giving your dinner party extra oomph! If you’re having a few guests for dinner add some handwritten place cards to the table.



Everyone loves fresh bread to nibble on at the beginning of a meal. Home-baked bread is fabulous, but for a quick and easy solution pick up some part-baked loaves from the supermarket. Serve in a basket for extra restaurant vibes.


After-dinner coffee

A rich, full-bodied coffee is a great finish to a special meal. In restaurants, it’s commonplace to finish with a caffeine high. But at home, we tend to do this less. To add a special touch to the end of your meal serve up some fresh coffee. You don’t need a coffee machine or to spend lots of money, a simple cafetière and good quality ground coffee are all you need.


Great food

The main focus of any dinner party really should be…you’ve guessed it – dinner! One of the best things about dining out is the pleasure of having great tasty food served to you. At Cookoo, we deliver delicious restaurant-quality food directly to your door. Meaning you can relax and give your guests your undivided attention. Browse the full range of savoury dishes and desserts.


And finally, do the dishes tomorrow. The other great thing about dining out is that someone else does the dishes. Keep the restaurant-feel going and do the dishes tomorrow! 

What are your favourite tips to create a restaurant at home? We’d love to hear your ideas.

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