It’s time to party

You can daz­zle your guests with just a few del­i­cate touches. GABRIELLE FA­GAN asks the ex­perts for their top dec­o­rat­ing flour­ishes

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

Sum­mer gath­er­ings can be the most mem­o­rable of the year, es­pe­cially if they’re spon­ta­neous, re­laxed and filled with spe­cial touches and dec­o­rat­ing ideas that your friends and fam­ily won’t for­get. “When it comes to dec­o­rat­ing for a party, it’s not about play­ing su­per host­ess or lay­ing out the best china or the most ex­pen­sive crys­tal,” says Holly Becker, who with Les­lie Shewring has put to­gether a bril­liant guide to decor for all oc­ca­sions, Dec­o­rate For A Party.

“It’s about cre­at­ing a lit­tle magic and host­ing joy­ful cel­e­bra­tions in your own home, where you can do as you please and re­ally be imag­i­na­tive about your look.

“Most im­por­tant is adding char­ac­ter and love with creative, thought­ful and fun decor, as guests feel im­por­tant, cher­ished and wel­come.” “This el­e­gant style would be per­fect for an in­door or out­door evening, maybe to cel­e­brate a forth­com­ing wed­ding or sim­ply just to mark sum­mer and all its plea­sures. “Aim for a calm pal­ette of chalky, bleached colours, plenty of flow­ers in clear glass vases and plain white or strik­ingly pat­terned cloths for ta­bles. “For a more rus­tic feel, leave wooden ta­bles plain and al­low glass­ware to star.” “Be­ing in­spired by na­ture and us­ing fo­liage, leaves and plants is a lovely way to bring flair to a sum­mer din­ner party. This can con­jure a coun­try gar­den at­mos­phere, or for a more ex­otic look, use trop­i­cal fo­liage. Add gold de­tails by us­ing a metal­lic pen to write guests names or mes­sages on large, glossy leaves.” party pop­pers and photo booth props, then bring the look up- to- date with a plug- in neon light or light box to show guests ex­actly what to ex­pect from their evening.”

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