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Fan’s Top Tips

Fan’s Top Tips

Fan’s Top Tips

wildflower 20th julyFor a relaxed informal DIY summer wedding use British seasonal flowers. Enlist the help of a keen gardener alternatively there are excellent local flower growers. The most heavenly natural flower arrangements and bouquets can be created and you don’t need to be a trained florist. The natural summery hues appear mismatched but blend beautifully. Use herbs as well to enhance the scent. Containers for these beautiful flowers can be equally mismatched. Jam jars, milk bottles, watering cans, tin cans, buckets you name it.
christmas treeFor a Christmas party use an upside down Christmas tree or lots of them if you have a big space with battery operated LED lights. It sounds mad but it looks brilliant and has to be seen to be believed. Beware you need a few more LED lights than you think but don’t overcrowd the tree with decorations Less is more. Use a real tree but non-drop for obvious reasons. Trust me it works.
glow sticks in balloonFor a night time party. Stick some glow sticks in a balloon before you blow it up. Looks fab. Or crack the glow sticks open and tip into a jam jar or for something a little riske how about suspended from ceiling in stockings!
festoon lighting 20th julyLight it right whatever the party. Festoon lighting is very popular for inside and out at the moment So too are fairy lights especially for weddings; yellow light is relaxing and more muted avoid white. It’s too bright and doesn’t give such a cosy calm atmosphere. And I know I’m a jam jar nut but tealights in them are the best.
wheelbarrow 20th julyIf entertaining a lot of people informally outside keep the food simple and relaxed but also set up drinks stations in the shape of a wheelbarrow or galvanised tubs filled with ice so your guests can help themselves Don’t forget to tie the bottleopener and/or corkscrew to the tin so that it doesn’t disappear or better than ice fill balloons with water and then freeze. Work a treat too and looks pretty too.

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