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
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.”