When Elisabetta set up her Appartamento9 Supper Club, opening the doors of her Rome apartment to complete strangers, she embraced the challenge of a new kind of hosting. ‘I have to convince people to spend a night at my home instead of at a restaurant,’ she says. ‘First I publicise my events on social media to get interest, and then I do everything I can to make sure guests have a great experience when they arrive.’ She shares her ideas for hosting a dinner party with a difference…
Elisabetta transforms her terrace into a welcoming dining area. ‘If, like me, you love a clean, monochrome look, but still want the dining space to feel soft and romantic, try combining a graphic tablecloth, modern dinnerware, a little greenery and nice lights. It sets a special mood and brings people together,’ she says. Click here to see the rest of Elisabetta’s home.
Good food is essential, but so is creating an inviting atmosphere. Try making individual table settings and, for a special finishing touch, designing your own menu. ‘Being greeted by candlelight, a full glass and a handmade menu at each setting puts guests at their ease,’ says Elisabetta. Click here to try Elisabetta’s menu.
Use lights to turn an everyday space into a place to entertain. The fun twinkle of string lights will put guests in a party mood, while the comforting flicker of candlelight will invite them to lean in and chat. Pick red-toned lights to give your space a relaxed feel, and dimmable bulbs to make it easy to switch the mood.
Welcome to the supper club! Take a peek at one of Elisabetta’s memorable evenings.
Styling: Emily Henson
Photography: Dan Duchars
Follow Elisabetta at Appartamento9.it