GUIDE TO Cocktail Parties
Plan on partying in this season? Good news, it doesn’t have to be a massive effort. In just two hours, pull together cocktails and canapés, and decorate on a budget. The best part? Once your friends arrive, you won’t even need to step foot in the kitchen.
The idea of hosting a gathering at your pad sounds fun … in theory, but when thinking about all the pre-planning and cleaning you’ll have to do (most likely hungover, of course), well, it’s enough to make you want to pull the plug.
Enter the busy-girl’s solution to parties. Starting two hours before your mates are due to arrive, deck out your home, and follow these recipes in this exact order:
For a starry-night party feel, twinkle lights are almost non-negotiable, and are an inexpensive way of decorating. Fix removable hooks to your wall and drape the lights lengthways to give the effect of falling snowflakes.
Inky colours are on trend for party styling as they set the scene for a luxurious look. To complement the theme, add flowers in rich berry tones for a dramatic pop of colour. Pillar candles are a simple way to add luminosity without the brashness of overhead lighting. For a cosy feel, go for darker colours like navy or black, at different heights.