In the depths of winter what better way to stay warm than to host a dinner party in your own home. Style director Louise Hilsz shares elegant entertaining ideas (and great wine) for your next soiree.  


There is always a reason to celebrate, and a special occasion calls for statement plates in rich autumnal tones. Don't be afraid to clash rather than match your tableware, right now we love that eclectic vibe when it comes to bold colour textured styles.

Versace Les Etoiles Service plate, $569. Wedgewood Chinoisere White dinner plate, $85. Astier de Villatte ADV Candleholder dinner plate, $150. Missoni Home Zig Zag plate, $303. 


Think outside the squre with glassware, and choose elegant shades that complement the other accessories on your table. 

French Country Collections Ripple wine glass, $38 set of 4. Waterford W collection Fern wine glass, $359 set of two. Tom Dixon Tank wine glass, $155, set of two. LSA International Hint blown wine glass, $54 set of 2. 


From gold to rose, your cutlery doesn't have to be stainless anymore. Match the tableware to your serving set and make a statement with one of these luxe-y looking sets.

Seletti Keytlery cutlery set, $422. Villeroy & Bosch Ella set, $649.  Cutipol Goa cutlery set, $760.  Sambonet Linear PVD set, $1395. 


Think outside the square when dressing your table and use wallpaper as a centrepiece or runner. Choose colours and textures to complement your candles, flowers and the platters of gourmet food.

Resene fj090100 wallaper, Resene 606867 wallpaper, Resene 48932 wallpaper and Resene 20924 wallaper form Resene ColorShops.


Winter is a time to embrace a full-bodied, robust red or rich pinot rosè. Here's what the team at BEQ are serving  - cheers.

The Ned Marlborough Rosé, $17.99. Tohu Nelson Pinot Rose, $20. Passage Rock Reserve Syrah, $59.99. Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet Malbec, $19.99.