Dear read­ers It’s time to get into the party spirit, says ed­i­tor-inchief Liz Mor­ris

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If you are into party prep de­tails, such as the in­vi­ta­tion, the size of the canapés, the shape of the ice blocks and the cor­rect can­dle­light, you will ap­pre­ci­ate that wed­ding mag­a­zines fuel this ob­ses­sion exquisitely. And I know that, five min­utes into brows­ing through Martha Stew­art Wed­dings, I will feel des­per­ate to host a sum­mer lunch in an old barn some­where with pea­cocks and lambs and black ice-cream cones. The fan­tasy is fleet­ing, but the de­sire to cre­ate a stylish space where peo­ple will en­joy them­selves can eas­ily con­sume me for a very sat­is­fy­ing half an hour.

In real life, host­ing is hard work. More so if it’s not your com­fort zone, but I’m hop­ing that Life & Soul (page 47) will in­spire you to em­brace your in­ner event or­gan­iser and in­vite a group of friends or a crowd home in the next few months, be­cause once you know how, it’s a very sat­is­fy­ing feel­ing (that lasts well over half an hour) to tap into a per­sonal spirit of giv­ing.

The food part of par­ties is cov­ered in Gourmet, a mag­a­zine in its own right, at the back of this is­sue, so when we call this the en­ter­tain­ing is­sue it’s a jus­ti­fied claim, from cover to cover.

The homes in this is­sue too have a breezy sense of fun, from The Wild Bunch, Margherita Mis­soni’s Ital­ian home, to easy flow as seen in Street Cred, or on the other hand be­guil­ing con­tained spa­ces such as the grass court­yard and kitchen of Sun­shine Sanc­tu­ary, whilst shop­ping sources the sex­i­est lit­tle stools and chairs trimmed with swishy fringe, which is the party dress of up­hol­stery right now.

En­joy the is­sue.

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