20 Entertaining Essentials: must-haves at your Dinner Party

The festive season is upon us! Christmas, New Year, and an abundance of celebrations means one thing: parties! As a host, you want to stand out from the crowd. You want to present the most delicious food and drinks, and make it a party to remember; however with so much on your plate (pun intended!) it’s a little hard to keep on top of everything you need in order to fulfil your hosting duties.

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Fabulous Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

With Mother’s day around the corner, our gift advisors have picked some gifts that will be sure to wow your mothers and show them how much you love them!

Any way you look at it, iPad mini from Ashraf Electronics is just incredible. And the stunning Retina display is only the beginning. With a new A7 chip, advanced wireless, and powerful apps — all beautifully integrated with iOS 7 — iPad mini with Retina display lets you do more than you ever imagined. 

Ipad from Ashraf Electronics

This beautiful Noir De Mars painting from Objects and Elementsis the perfect addition to any living room

Noir De Mars Paining from Objects and Elements

A thoughtful gift! Surprise your mother with Florentines in a unique arrangement from Lazurd. Choose among a large assortment of delicious florentines available in Lazurd Showroom: Pistacho with mint, Zaatar, Sunflower seeds, peanut, sesame, white chocolate with dried fruit.

Lazurd Florentines UAE

Treat your mother to a Signature SensAsia Hot Stone Massage followed by a 60 minute Elemis facial – Heavenly!

Hot Stone Massage from Sensasia

Be your own barista with the Lattissima Pump Espresso Machinefrom Galeries Lafayette. It’s easy to create authentic Italian drinks with Nespresso’s patented coffee capsule technology

Lattissima Pump Espresso Machine from Galeries Lafayette

We love this beautiful bouquet of pink flowersfrom April Flowers 

pink flowers from April Flowers

This horizontal ceramic vasefrom D.Tales is perfect for making your own creative flower arrangements, whether it’s bringing home those beautiful flowers from the store or simply picking some in your garden or in the field.

Horizontal Ceramic Vase from D.Tales

Treat your mum to a mother’s day picnic with this beautiful picnic basketfrom Harvest Home 

Picnic Basket from Harvest Home

The Versailles Tea Set by Roy Kirkham from Tavola features full blooming pink roses. With a comfortable round shape and no gold trim, this bone china Tea for One includes the 14 oz. teapot, cup and saucer. A lovely gift that is dishwasher and microwave safe.

Versailles Tea Set by Roy Kirkham

Physical fitness and health is the most important part of any mother’s life. Urban Fitness has a variety of packages available that are conducted fitness instructors in the comfort of your home or in a location of your choice. Instructors provide all needed equipment and will conduct fitness assessment and measurements if needed to monitor progress.

Personnel Training from Urban Fitness

If making a family meal each Saturday is getting slightly tedious, why not try something new and involve the whole family at Top Chef’s ‘Saturday Lunch Fever’ class!This workshop is designed to get both parents and children working together to create a delicious feast. Afterwards, sit together, relax and eat!

Saturday Lunch Top Chef Class

Instead of the “formal” portraits in school, treat mum to an outdoor casual family photo shoot from Ugly Duckling Photography. Locations can include the park, beach, or famous Dubai landmarks.

Ugly Duckling Family Photo Session

Beautiful Mug by Emma Bridgewater, Pink Hearts CollectionfromHarvest Home

Mummy Mug by Emma Bridgewater

We love this Alessi La Rosa stylish fruit holder from Tavola. Perfect for any home!  

Alessi La Rosa stylish fruit holder

We love these fabulous IVV Multicolor ice cream bowls from Tavola. The perfect gift as the weather is starting to get warmer

IVV Multicolor ice cream bowls from Tavola

Classic gift. This floral fragrance with hints of roses and jasmine from Galeries Lafayette is the perfect refreshing and feminine perfume.

J'Adore Perfume from Galeries Lafayette

Beautiful Marc Jacobs Clutch handbag by Galeries Lafayette

Marc Jacobs Clutch handbag by Galeries Lafayette

Delight your mum with this elegant Bamboo Serving Boat by L’Objet, from Galeries Lafayette

Bamboo Serving Boat by L’Objet,  from Galeries Lafayette

Beautiful Mother’s Day Silver Plated Tray with cup and glass available in O de Rose.

O de Rose Mother's day Tray

A beautifully modern addition for any mother’s jewelry collection. Sahara bracelet from Pastiche  in IP rose gold and stainless steel with T bar.

Sahara Bracelet Pastiche

Celebrate Paris and France in the UAE for Bastille Day

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Bastille Day is the name given to the French National Day celebrated on 14 July each year.

Many large-scale public events are held, including a military parade in Paris, as well as communal meals, dances, parties and fireworks. As Bastille Day is a public holiday in France, it is usually an event where family and friends meet and celebrate!

Discover our French gifts selection.

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15 Great Father’s Day Gift ideas in the UAE

We’ve came up with some ideas to help you in your hunt for the right present. Of course no earthly possession could ever show him how much you love him, but it definitely doesn’t hurt. So give the big guy something he’ll love this year with one (or more!) of these 15 ideas in our Father’s Day Gift Selection.

1. VO2 Analogue Black: A unique watch design by David Ericsson available in D.Tales.

 

VO2 analogue black watch available in D.Tales
VO2 analogue black watch available in D.Tales

2. Apron Dad is the King in Harvest Home:  This Emma Bridgewater apron is perfect for every Dad (until it comes to the washing up of course!).

Emma Bridgewater Apron available in Harvest Home
Emma Bridgewater Apron available in Harvest Home

 

3. XBox 360: Let him play with the kids (or his pals!) with this XBOX 360

XBox 360 available with Ashraf Electronics
XBox 360 available with Ashraf Electronics

 

4. A bespoke suit:For a special occasion, treat Daddy with a bespoke suit by Knot Standard.

A bespoke suit by Knot Standard
A bespoke suit by Knot Standard

 

5. Golfer’s tonic: 90 minutes of spa treatment in SensAsia Urban Spa after a hard day on the greens

Golfer's tonic spa treatment by SensAsia Urban Spa
Golfer’s tonic spa treatment by SensAsia Urban Spa

 

6. Samsung S Duo: To always be able to talk with him wherever he is in the world

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Samsung S Duo by Ashraf Electronics

 

 7. My Heart belongs to Daddy playsuit available in Zazeezou: You can be sure he will love it!

My Heart Belongs to Daddy playsuit available in Zazeezou
My Heart Belongs to Daddy playsuit available in Zazeezou

 

8. Gigantor 2: For a cartoon lover, give him an original animation production cell by The Cartoon Art Gallery from Los Angeles studios!

Gigantor 2 original animation cell
Gigantor 2 original animation cell

 

 9. Seawings Yas Marina: Flight Hop onboard and take a breathtaking 40 minute aerial excursion from Dubai’s Creek Golf and Yacht Club to Yas Island. Once there enjoy a spectacular view of the pristine F1 Grand Prix Circuit, the blazing red Ferrari World Theme Park and the beautiful steel and marble facade of the Yas Hotel.

Yas Marina Flight by Seawings from Dubai to Abu Dhabi
Yas Marina Flight by Seawings from Dubai to Abu Dhabi

 

10. Blue Twill Tie by Knot Standard: This elegant Blue tie is handmade in New York from 100% Silk. A great gift for a trendy Dad.

Blue Twill Tie by Knot Standard
Blue Twill Tie by Knot Standard

11. Chef to be cooking course by Top Chef: Who knows, this may be a stepping-stone to unleash the great Chef in him!

Chef to Be by Top Chef
Chef to Be by Top Chef

 

 12. Cadillac Chair: A comfortable and stylish chair in vintage leather available in Andrew Martin 

Cadillac Chair available in Andrew Martins DIFC
Cadillac Chair available in Andrew Martins DIFC

 

13. N°1 Cufflinks For a N°1 father, cufflinks available in D.Tales 

Skultuna Cufflinks in D.Tales
Skultuna Cufflinks in D.Tales

14. Barman set available in Tavola: To let him become a great bartender for your guests! 

Loft Barman Set available in Tavola
Loft Barman Set available in Tavola

15. Emma Bridgewater Daddy’s mug available in Harvest Home. Just to remind him every morning how much you love him. 

Emma Bridgewater Daddy's mug available in Harvest Home
Emma Bridgewater Daddy’s mug available in Harvest Home

 

Find more gift ideas on MyList, the first online gift registry in the UAE, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.