Decorate for a Party

What a fabulous hard backed book. Who doesn’t like to throw a party – to then get thwarted by the often tricky step of getting your place “inspection ready”? On that subject you’ll need to check out my blog post where I share the trials you might experience when buying flowers from the supermarket

This is the second book I’ve ready by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring. The first being Decorate with Flowers. Both are equally delicious.  I’ve particularly enjoyed Decorate for a Party from its honeycombed flyleaf to the heart-decorated cupcake on the back page.

Adding character and love

Divided into chapters according to the atmosphere you want to create from Gather + Make, to Sparkle + Shine via Festive + Fun.  As Holly and Leslie say, it’s all about adding “character and love by considering thoughtful and fun ways to make guests feel important and cherished”.  Wanting to immerse myself from the start I read in order from cover to cover. I’ve re-visited the book on numerous occasions since, diving in where the pages fell open to study the detail of the stunning photographic images and thinking how I could adapt the projects to suit my home, furnishings and lifestyle.

As a florist, I was naturally drawn to the flower-themed-projects. I love the eucalyptus wall hanging (in the New + Romantic section).  Such a gloriously simple way to use your eucalyptus trimmings.  Using ‘leftovers’ is a favourite activity of mine  – and could be just as effectively re-created using greenery from your own garden.

Eucalyptus wall hanging from Decorate for a Party
Cylinders and leaves from Decorate for a Party

Creating impact on a small budget

Another project that caught my eye was decorating with cylinders and leaves (Fresh + Modern). A vase arrangement in sleek glassware, without any flowers. Grouped together using a mix of leaves and vases you can create impact on the smallest of budgets.

Reminiscent of the washi tape wall of flowers in Decorate with Flowers is the clothesline featured in Pure + Simple – a great way of decorating a plain wall. If you’re worried about the weight of your flowers pulling your string off your wall, you could swap in lightweight grasses or colourful autumn leaves instead.

Clothesline of flowers from Decorate for a Party
washi wrapped flower stems from Decorate for a Party

My favourite chapter

My favourite chapter is Happy + Bright. I’ve already tried out the washi tape wrapped stems idea – and went on to be further inspired to carry the look on by wiring my gerbera with pipe cleaners.


Look book of inspiration

This book is crammed full of ideas whether you’re a flower arranger, crafter, or just love throwing a party, flicking through this look book of inspiration is a definite must!  I borrowed my copy from my local library and now it’s on my Christmas wish list.  You can buy your own copy by clicking through to my Amazon Affiliate link here – you get to buy from the comfort of your own home and I earn a small commission.

If you decide to buy Holly and Leslie’s book I’d love to hear about your favourite projects.  Do leave me a comment in the box below.


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Until next time, happy flowers!




Clothesline of flowers from Decorate for a Party
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