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Party Styling: How to Style a Party that Gets People Talking

10 Party Styling Tips illustrated with an Indian Summer Party Theme.

Debra Luker talks to Debbie Blott for Time & Leisure magazine, with photography by Helen Fickling

550 2. Debra Luker Events H Fickling PhotographyAn artist with a degree from Kingston University, creative events stylist Debra Luker knows all about how to create drama having started out in theatre painting, design and prop-making. We met up so that I could find out how to style a party that will get people talking and be remembered for years to come.

1. “If you want to have a party that people will remember choose a strong theme” says Debra, “an interesting focal point, an original table-centrepiece or decoration over the doorway, will break the ice and start the conversation flowing, setting the tone for a great party.

2. “One of the biggest mistakes people make when styling a party is to try and decorate the whole space, without enough material. It is far more effective to focus on one area of the room, such as the table, or fireplace, which will draw attention, rather than scattering a few decorations around.

3. Ask your guests to dress in a colour, to bring everyone together, get them talking and amplify the theme.”

4. You don’t have to wait until September for an Indian Summer – Indian style is hot right now and is a great theme for a party. he Indian Summer theme is all about vibrant colours, from layers of fabric to multi-coloured candles. “You can never have enough candles!” says Debra.


0 55-3. Debra Luker Designer Helen Fickling Photography5. “We started with a colourful tablecloth and built up from there. If you are working to a budget, one of the easiest things to do is to simply lay a runner down the length of your table and decorate it with a long low line of flowers.

6. Think of anything that holds water as a vase; teapots, cups or watering cans can all work well and the more unusual they are the more likely they are to get people talking. Collect glass jars and tie them with ribbon.

7. Old baked bean tins sprayed a colour, or even left plain, can look magical grouped together and working to a theme. Just make sure that they aren’t too high so that your guests can chat across the table.”

8. The little details always impress. Guests love these oranges tied up with fabric and ribbon, but again you can use anything you have at hand.

9. “Cutting out shapes from magazines or wrapping paper can be tremendously effective, I do it all the time. Add a butterfly or insect to a small floral garland as an alternative napkin ring. It is the simple ideas that are the most effective.

10. Just remember it is all about grouping and staying with your theme.”


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  1. Brilliant summer party tips-TQ… Can’t wait to put some of these into practice for my summer garden Bbq parties-1st one is next w-end! Going to go with a clour theme -use some Fab Indian sari fabrics I picked up in Dubai last month and see how my guests interpret it

    Comment by Claire Cotton — May 21, 2017 @ 20:24

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