Entertaining

The home entertainer’s guide to impressing your guests

Meet the dinner party items to add to your wish list.

By Gourmet Traveller + Zip Water
A night at home is becoming just as desirable as an evening out, and it's not hard to see the appeal of swapping crowded venues for intimate dining arranged just the way you like it. It's worth taking your next at-home dinner party to new heights with elite modern appliances and little luxuries. From statement tableware to sparkling water on tap, these kitchen comforts make entertaining guests effortless (a must). Here are the impressive items on our kitchen wish list.
Zip HydroTap Elite Plus and Arc mixer tap in brushed rose gold brings elegance to this Scandi-style kitchen space.

Sparkling water on tap

Still or sparkling? Or perhaps a cocktail spritz? Zip Water's HydroTap allows you to get instant boiling, chilled and sparkling water from a single, beautiful tap. If you're entertaining on the weekend, this kitchen comfort ups the ante – letting you whip up a batch of sparkling cocktails for friends in no time at all. The Zip HydroTap range is easy on the eyes, too. Available in beautiful finishes and styles, including HydroTap Classic Plus and Elite Plus, these modern systems bring style and sophistication to your kitchen. Powered by smart G5 technology, Zip HydroTap offers superior filtration for pure-tasting water. You can even use the product selector on their website to customise your own Zip HydroTap design and functions. Once you've tried it, you'll never look back.

Gadgets fit for a chef

If you want to transform your kitchen into a cooking paradise – and treat your guests to an enjoyable menu – you need brilliant cooking equipment. Luxe, tech-savvy appliances like combi-steam ovens and smart fridges can enhance your kitchen experience, but it's the traditional gadgets that truly impress. At the top of our wish list is a manual pasta maker, countertop hand mincer, and traditional cast iron cookware.
The manual makers enables you to dish up fresh pasta or handmade veal patties, taking the meaning of homemade to new heights. As for the cookware, cast iron pans are sustainable and long-lasting. Large skillets can double as beautiful serving ware, so you can prepare your meal over the stove and transfer the pan to the table, making it a must-have when you're feeding a lot of mouths.
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Trending tableware

Dressing up your dining table is the easiest way to bring personal flair to your dinner party. Whether you opt for a sophisticated theme or something more playful, lifestyle brand In The Roundhouse is bound to have an item or two to suit your dining setup. Machine-washable napkins and scalloped placemats create a stylish scene, while bone china plates bring a lavish look to the table. As for décor, a beautiful arrangement of flowers (that sit well below eye level) and a set of narrow taper candles never goes astray.
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