Whether you plan a formal party weeks in advance, or bring it all together in a matter of hours with impromptu invites and a genuinely relaxed approach, there are a couple of essential ingredients that turn any gathering into a memorable occasion – good company, delicious food and drink, and not least, stylish settings that help create the right ambience. This doesn’t require endless expense and complicated arrangements (a stressed hostess is not conducive to a happy party!), but with a little thought and inspiration, you can make every celebration at home really special for you and your guests...