Sweet Desserts and Timeless Lighting: A Recipe for the Perfect Dinner Party with Lianna from Projects Studio

Sweet Desserts and Timeless Lighting: A Sweet Supper Club by Lianna from Projects Studio

Hosting a dinner party is a fine art, and the right combination of delicious desserts, servingware and classic lighting can elevate the experience from ordinary to extraordinary. Dennis share’s a dessert recipe featured in our recent collaboration with Lianna from Project Studio, and provide tips on using classic lighting and colour to create a beautiful tablescape. Learn how to transform your dining space into a vibrant and inviting area for any occasion.


Pops of colour on a clean white dining table.


Setting the Scene with Timeless Lighting

Classic Lighting Elements 

Soft lighting plays a crucial role in creating an inviting cosy atmosphere. Lianna used a mix of natural afternoon light and table lamps to achieve the perfect ambiance. The centrepiece was a white statement lamp that provided soft, warm light, while not distracting from the gorgeous desserts.

Tips for Lighting 

To recreate this look at home, consider using our dimmable Portable Metal Touch Lamp as your centrepiece, complemented by a statement lamp with soft, warm bulbs on the side table. Lianna chose the Puffball Lamp in Snow White! Layer different light sources to create depth and interest. Remember, the goal is to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for your guests.


Table lamps providing warm lighting for a dinner party

Incorporating Pops of Colour with a Neutral Palette

Tablescape Design —

The combination of simple white linen and delicate pops of pastel creates a fresh and homey dining space. Lianna used white table linens as a neutral base, accented by doilies, pastel plates, and stainless steel servingware. This contrast not only brightened the space but also added playful and unexpected elements

Dennis' Decorating Tips —

To achieve this look, start with a neutral white base for your table setting. Add pops of colour through accessories like napkins, plates, and centrepieces. Choose colours that complement each other and the overall theme of your dinner party. For example, vibrant blues and yellows can create a cheerful summer vibe, while rich reds and golds can add warmth..


Elegant dining table setup with classic lighting and sweet desserts

Sweet Desserts for a Vibrant Dinner Party

Dessert Recipe —

No dinner party or sweet supper club is complete without a selection of sweet treats. Here is the perfect dessert recipe that is sure to impress your guests:

Mini Tiramisu Cups —

  • Ingredients:
    1. 1 cup thickened cream
    2. 1 cup mascarpone cheese
    3. 1/4 cup caster sugar
    4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    5. 12 lady finger biscuits
    6. ⅔ cups of espresso
    7. 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder

  • Instructions:
    1. Beat the thickened cream into soft peaks with an electric mixer.
    2. Combine the mascarpone cheese, sugar and vanilla extract in a separate bowl.
    3. Gently fold the mascarpone mixture into thickened cream
    4. Break lady fingers biscuits into halves
    5. Pour espresso into a shallow bowl. Quickly dip biscuits into the liquid and place into four serving dishes.
    6. Top the serving dishes with the cream mixture. Even out with a spatula.
    7. Place in the fridge to set for a minimum of 2 hours and up to 48 hours.
    8. Dust heavily with cocoa powder right before serving.

Presentation Tips —

Serve your desserts on our stainless steel Plaza Trays with doilies to get the perfect Sweet Supper Club look. The reflective surface of the trays will make your sweet treats sparkle, especially when paired with the classic warm lighting and dinner candles.

Bonus points if you use a cute stencil when you’re dusting the Tiramisu, just like the lovely Lianna!


Mini tiramisu dessert on polished stainless steel tray


Combining sweet desserts with warm lighting and pops of pastel can create the perfect recipe for a memorable dinner party. By following these tips, you can transform your dining space into a cosy and inviting space that will delight your friends.

Explore our range of classic lighting and colourful homewares at Dennis Did It to create your own beautiful dining setup. For more tips and inspiration, visit our blog and sign up to our newsletter for regular stories.

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Sweet Desserts and Timeless Lighting: A Recipe for the Perfect Dinner Party with Lianna from Projects Studio
Sweet Desserts and Timeless Lighting: A Recipe for the Perfect Dinner Party with Lianna from Projects Studio
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