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A BEAU­TI­FUL FESTIVE TA­BLE

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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!

Ad­daper­sonal touch­with­baked clay­place­set­tings

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