John Lewis teams with Denby to rewrite dinner party rules

John Lewis and home and dining experts Denby Pottery have partnered to launch in-store interactive workshops aimed at shaking up traditional dinner party etiquette.

John Lewis and Denby: dinner party rules
John Lewis and Denby: dinner party rules

The Art of Entertaining with Denby and John Lewis will be hosted on 14 November at the retailer's Peter Jones' store in Sloane Square London, and aims to inspire guests to guests to master the art of entertaining at home.

The workshops have been launched on the back of recent research from Denby, which shows that whilst we are a nation of entertainers, with 87% of Brits enjoying hosting friends and family over a bite to eat, the traditional dinner party set-up has fallen out of favour - only one-third of Brits (34%) lay a formal table setting and three-quarters (75%) admit to not serving three-courses.

With the help of food and design specialists, pottery brand Denby has devised a series of interactive masterclasses focused on modern entertaining. During 'Cheat's Puddings' with dessert master Aimee Twigger, attendees will learn about simple yet mouth watering home made desserts that can be made in just ten minutes. 'Canapes for all eaters' will feature supper club queen Anna Barnett, showcasing a canape crash course to suit all diners' diets, and guests can also seek Barnett's advice on entertaining at home.

'Food Fit for Instagram' will be hosted with food stylists The Meringue Girls, showing how ot master the art of food styling, with tips on how to dress the plate to ensure food looks as good as it tastes. 'A Brief History of the Dinner Party', with historian Dr Annie Gray, will reveal how the nation's love of entertaining has evolved with the death of traditional party etiquette and why modern diners are ripping up the rule book. In 'Set a Stylish Table', Denby designer Richard Eaton will share neat table laying hacks, demonstrating how to mix and match tableware to create stylish settings.

Earlier this week, Play-Doh teamed up with John Lewis to offer shoppers the chance to buy personalised tubs of the children's modelling material, as part of the brand's 60th birthday celebrations.

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