Decorate for a Party

Photography Samantha Stansbridge

Last month went by in a total blur, and I can't believe that we are already in September! We have had our own celebration here at home, we welcomed into the world a new granddaughter! It's  been very emotional, exhausting and exciting all rolled into one, nothing went to plan, as is sometimes the case with babies, but maybe I'll save that for another time.

Today I'm looking at a new book, Decorate for a Party by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring, and  as you would expect from the pair, it is a beautiful book, filled with stunning imagery, simple DIY, inspiration, and decorating tips for creating a lovely welcoming and relaxing backdrop to  any celebration or  gathering for friends and family.  

As the summer fades this book provides the perfect excuse for moving your gatherings and get-together's indoors or tips for creating a portable party in the great outdoors taking shelter under the trees.
The book is very easy to follow, with simple and stylish ideas for adding a personal touch to your parties and celebrations that are totally doable, and affordable. The introductory chapter entitled First Thoughts, looks at Choosing a Theme and  Setting the Scene, then we move on to Types of Party, Location, Buffet, Small Space etc, and Creating an Atmosphere, then the book goes on to explore 10 different styles and settings, ranging from a subtle Pure and Simple theme to a Sparkle and Shine theme.

Credits Holly Marder

For a simple get together in early Autumn, this Pure, and Simple theme is perfect, taking its inspiration from autumn fruits and flowers, soft linens and mismatched china, as the evening light fades you can imagine switching on the overhead festoon lights and soaking up the romantic light.

 Credits Holly Marder
Personally, I think Autumn is a great time of year for exploring woodland walks and forests with little ones, still warm enough to enjoy being outside,  but with the added magic of the changing season, perfect for getting some friends and families together and having an outdoor celebration. 

Credits Holly Marder

Having a girly night in? perhaps a baby shower? why not add a bit of sparkle to your evening, sharing cupcakes a bit of fizz and girly chatter. 

Credits Leslie Shewring

You can also find some lovely simple DIY projects to try for your room and table settings, such as these tins transformed into tea light holders, or the diamond mobiles made from drinking straws, very effective and striking when clustered together.  I also tried my hand at making the mobile, which I  have used as a mobile over the baby changing unit! 

Credits Leslie Shewring

Credits Holly Becker

Image Samantha Stansbridge

Decorate for a Party by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring is published by Jacqui Small (£20).  available to buy here,  there is also a lovely video to enjoy which helps bring the book to life beautifully.  Enjoy!

This post is a review post, the book is provided for free in return for my opinion, which is mine. 


  1. Some fantastic style ideas, may just have to steal a couple for upcoming gatherings x

  2. How do you make the diamond shape mobile please?

    1. Check out this link for ideas


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