Mastering the Art of Hosting


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Think of this as the millennial girl’s cheat to being the hostess with the mostest. We 21st century chicks don’t have time to be slaving over a hot stove all day, so here’s how to pull off the perfect dinner party sans effort. 


Ready-made meals: there should be no qualms about ready-made meals. After all, if people didn’t buy them then they wouldn’t exist! Garnish anything pre-bought with fresh herbs – the ultimate disguise. A few sprigs of basil is sure to do the trick. Also whatever you do, don’t be a fool and serve it in the plastic that you bought it in. Put your microwave meal into a fancy serving tray/platter, feel free to even mess the meal up with a wooden spoon to give it that ‘home-made’, Mary Berry effect.

Puddings: to be done in very much the same manner. Fresh berries sprinkled strategically on a cheesecake hide a multitude of sins (both in terms of calories and the pretence that you made it this morning).

Setting: fold your napkins into swans if you must, your guests will be so consumed by beauty of these neatly origamied tissues, that they’ll forget that you put the microwavable lasagne in for seventeen minutes and not seven.

Finally… don’t forget to reward yourself with all your hard work by cracking open a bottle of prosecco before the guests arrive; dinner is always best served after a couple of drinks…


Every hostess must adopt a purr as she greets her guest. Example would be; ‘Oh darlings, welcome to my humble abode!’, she purred. If you are unsure of how to master this, old Hollywood films will help.

Don’t put a seating arrangement down. Sometimes it’s the night’s entertainment seating together two people who don’t get on.

You are also quite entitled to fall out with the guest who turns up empty handed. No bottle/flowers/chocolates = no entry.

Offer the wifi code out on little cards. You want your dinner party to be the talk of social media; the taste of your bad lasagne won’t last long, but everyone’s Insta stories will be there for 24hrs!


Spend the remainder of the night indulging in left-over puddings whilst in bed, laughing to yourself about the amusing conversations of the evening (i.e. the disastrous Tinder messages your friends have received). The washing up can wait until tomorrow…

zara coat

monochrome look

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What I’m Wearing

Coat | Zara

Top | Zara

Trousers | Topshop (linked below)

Loafers | River Island (similar linked below)

Sunglasses | Céline (linked below)



  1. February 20, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    This is brilliant, I loved your tips and the way you wrote it lol, looking fabulous too! 🙂 xx

    • lydiatomlinson
      February 20, 2017 / 10:10 pm

      Thank you so much, that’s so kind of you! Always try and make my posts on the funny side, glad you like it! Thank you for commenting as well 🙂 xxxx

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