Behind The Blue Door

Who said the dinner party is dead? From food to style and interiors, we set the new rules for creating an at-home statement dinner for you and your friends.

Food

The great dining revival:
Why eating at home is back in vogue

After a spell in decline, the dinner party is on the rise again. Conviviality is back – and the reasons might surprise you.

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A Christmas twist:
Exquisite crackers to delight your family

The Christmas cracker: A joyously British tradition. Discover our guide to the best – and the tableware they’ll complement.

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The joyful table:
Inspiration for your magical Christmas table

Festive dinners are the ones we remember forever. When gathering your family round your table this year, make it truly memorable with our inspirational ideas.

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Five ways to bring autumnal warmth to your table

Planning a dinner party? Make it memorable with our stylish autumnal table inspiration.

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The eastern banquet:
Anglo-Chinese recipe inspiration

Anglo-Chinese inspiration has always been close to Wedgwood’s heart. Celebrate our latest collection with these eastern-inspired recipes.

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Vibrant dining:
Recipes inspired by dramatic colour

Celebrate nature’s harvest with the most colourful recipes on the web

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Think like a chef:
Secrets of next-level dinner party inspiration

How do you take your home cooking up a notch? Michelin-starred chef Matthew Tomkinson has some surprising advice.

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Dine under the stars:
How to host a twilight garden dinner

Summer evenings call for al fresco dining in style.

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Wedding parties:
5 must-know trends for the bride-to-be

From afternoon tea to antipasti, how are this year’s brides and grooms eating their way into married life?

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Drink

Desert Island Cocktails:
The Six Bells Teacup

The Ivy’s Jeremy Evans kicks off our occasional series asking leading baristas and experts to share their favourite cocktail recipes.

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Simple supper:
Cauliflower pizza

Searching for a quick and easy dinner? We’ve done the hard work for you.

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Ballet re-Bourne

Mad about Matthew Bourne? Join us to celebrate the best ballet to see this year.

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Living the dream in London:
Where to stay, eat and shop

Discover the Behind the Blue Door edit of the best places to shop, eat and rest in the capital. Welcome to our world.

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April Fools

Alongside the trifle, this custard confection, laced with fruit is an English classic. Don’t be silly – whip up a fool.

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More than just Venus:
Botticelli Reimagined at the V&A

If the only Botticelli you know is The Birth of Venus, here’s why you need to visit the V&A’s latest exhibition.

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Go global:
exotic tableware inspiration for your decadent dinner

From India to Rome: cultural trends that make your table worthy of a Vogue spread.

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Act One:
Food

Eating out has always had its theatrical elements, but these restaurants take it to the next level.

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The world’’s most delicious
scented candles for your table

Give your dinner party a touch of luxury with these stunning aromas to suit every mood.

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Dark and delicious:
five savoury chocolate recipes

Chocolate lovers: don’t limit your treat to snacks and sweets. These five rich recipes all have a delicious heart of darkness.

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Send for the chef:
Why dining in is the new eating out

Take the pressure off: why more people are letting the restaurant come to them with award-winning chefs in their own homes.

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Party line:
The secrets of extreme party planning

The best in the business share their secrets to party planning – including how you can throw an unforgettable bash at home.

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Fashion

Relaxed dressing for indulgent evenings

Thankfully, today’s chic is more about effortless elegance than uncomfortable glitz. Discover our pick of the outfits to covet – and the tableware to complete the look.

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The new comfort:
a fresh take on hot puddings

Shelve traditional pudding recipes in favour of these new ones, to tantalise and comfort in equal measure.

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Unexpected dining:
The UK's most surprising restaurants

Converted prisons, restored trains and Tudor dungeons: our edit of Britain’s unique dining venues.

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Classic cocktails:
Ultimate and twisted

Classics are favourites for good reason – but we’ve got the ultimate and the newest. Welcome to tomorrow’s classics.

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Plum, mustard and forest green:
the chic interiors colour palette for 2016

Create a visual stir with plum, forest green and mustard. Just the right blend of drama; none of the fuss.

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Indulgence with an indolent streak:
luxurious recipes that won't leave you tied to the kitchen

Banquets needn’t be a bind. These recipes may be light on preparation time – but they cut no corners when it comes to flavour.

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Seasonal eating:
Spring

Our native winter vegetables are far from boring – we’ve got shocking pink, emerald green, apple white and vibrant orange for your table this month.

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Shimmering shades:
Embrace the metallic trend in your home

Metallics are here to stay, so give them centre stage this season. Here’s our pick of glow-givers.

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Luxury below zero:
ice hotels and bars you must visit

Don’t limit the ice to a couple of chunks in your drink. Tour our pick of the finest sub-zero palaces and bars around the globe.

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Best-dressed dining:
what's new for 2016

Interiors trends sometimes neglect the dining room – in fact, it’s the easiest room to transform for a fresh look. From colours to key pieces, here’s what to look forward to in 2016.

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Fashion

The Ballets Russes:
still en pointe

Diaghilev’s Parisian ballet troupe, the Ballets Russes, was a living work of art, influencing more than a century of fashion and design. We look at how it continues to inspire today.

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Rock that baroque:
extravagant interiors for your dinner party

Fancy your dinner party with a pinch of drama? Baroque is back, but this time you can make it your own.

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Table talk:
Dining tables for every style

From artisan to retro: whatever your interior flair, discover our pick of the finest dining tables

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Behind their door:
Chef Sophie Michell shows us how to create the ultimate decadent dinner

One of Britain’s leading young chefs shares her favourite recipes – add that professional touch to your own dinner party.

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The art of
layered lighting

Creating a luxurious atmosphere is all in the lighting. Here’s how to set the mood with the beauty of illumination.

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Flamenco flavours:
the rich passion of Spanish cuisine

Spain’s complex culinary heritage was undervalued for years but now all eyes are on the innovative chefs challenging those heritage flavours. Discover recipes from the best Iberian bloggers.

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Dark decor:
Using deep colours to transform your home

Inky blacks, chocolate browns, navy blues… Why more designers are embracing dark shades – and how you can use deep, rich hues to transform your home.

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Lifestyle

Dare you try The Futurist dinner party – aesthetics and food?

Marinetti, founder of the Italian art and culture movement, published The Futurist Cookbook in 1932, creating a crazy, fascinating, immersive experience, assaulting all the senses. Try it yourself – for an evening your guests will never forget.

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Classical music choices to give your dinner guests something to talk about

Leave the usual choices for another evening and try our selection of classical pieces forever associated with decadence and rebellion.

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Top barbers discuss male grooming, beard trends and share their trade secrets

Is the beard trend over? Do real men use hair colour? What’s the finest male skin product on the market? Two of the UK’s finest barbers share their expertise on the tricky male grooming issues of the day.

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