10 MINUTES TO...
A BEAUTIFUL FESTIVE TABLE
Jenny Hodges, events stylist and founder of party planning company Mrs Myrtle (mrsmyrtle.co.uk) shares her tips on how to decorate an Instagram-worthy party table 1 Nail your theme Look at trends in the high street home stores. Pinterest is a great source of ideas, while etsy and Amazon have a wealth of props. And get a clear number of guests – don’t squash people in! 2 Choose colours wisely For classy dinners, I adore white linen with rustic hessian. opt for tea or LED fairy lights. Add them to jam jars and wrap in garden twine for optimum effect. this year, playful kitsch is a big trend. Feeling brave? try making your own pompoms. 3 Add a homemade touch Ditch crackers and make personal place settings. try oven-baked clay name tags or add stamped guest initials. top tip: matt white spray paint will revamp old decorations. 4 Add some drama your table is like tower Bridge – you need two towers to hold the elements together. Large candlesticks are great if they don’t block the view. you can upcycle too. For example, take a tin and, using a hammer and strong nails, pierce holes all over to let light out. then simply pop in a tealight. Voilà! 5 Details, details! Little touches enhance your colour scheme. Fill jam or kilner jars with decorations – although terrariums are a fab alternative. Add ribbon to wax candles for extra colour pop. 6 Preparation is key Any celebration can be stressful, so don’t leave your decoration to the last minute. start a day or two before – this allows for mishaps or changes in numbers. then relax, savour all those ‘Wow!’ compliments – and enjoy the party!
No need for a filter on this pic, thanks to Mrs Myrtle!
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