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...
Party Piece: Natural-themed dinner party décor ideas
Good-quality plain linen is a worthwhile investment, acting as a backdrop to all kinds of party themes, be it undeniably rustic, bright and festive, or more formal. Here it successfully unites sparkling glass and an ornate candelabra, with sprigs of fresh herbs and greenery. Source: Living4Media(1/4)
Potted flowers or plants swathed in plain brown paper make an effective arrangement, but are also lovely ready-wrapped gifts for guests to take home afterwards. Source: Living4Media(2/4)
Big wooden serving boards and platters are perfect for casual buffets, and look great placed alongside chunky earthenware or vintage serving dishes. Source: Phocal Media(3/4)
Stacking cutlery in mason jars or sturdy glass vases on a buffet table is practical and easy, but looks so much prettier when finished with a swirl of ivy leaves. Source: Living4Media(4/4)