What I love most about the holiday season is that I get to organize and host so many parties. Besides Christmas and New Years Eve, December is also my birth month. Entertaining is definitely one of my  favourite things to do. Whether it is a Christmas party, a Chinese New Year party, or a Valentine’s Day high tea, I always find a reason to host a festive gathering. So when I heard that Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring published a book about decorating for a party, I was beyond excitement, and just had to have it. In their book ‘Decorate for a Party – Stylish and Simple Ideas for Meaningful Gatherings‘ they show how you can create a little magic and host a joyful gathering without having to break the bank. It is therefore the perfect resource for the holidays, but also an excellent stocking stuffer.


Photographer: Holly Becker


‘Decorate for a Party’ demonstrates how you can create an intimate and personal celebration at your own home or at a hired place. Holly and Leslie encourage and inspire the reader to unleash their creativity. By simply using props from in and around the house you can create unique and stylish decorations or table settings that have character and personality. The book gives step-by-step guidance how to get organized and plan the event like a pro. The main message of the book is: Keep it simple, coherent and put your own creative spin on it, because that is what makes a party memorable. People will notice the small personal details you put into it, but most importantly they will feel the joy and heartfelt efforts you made to make them feel welcome.

Photographer: Leslie Shewring
Photographer: Holly Becker

Decorate for a Party starts with some basic tips about choosing the theme, and setting, and how to create the right atmosphere. It then  takes you through 10 different styles of parties. Each style includes a colour palette and theme with craft ideas, organizing tips, decorating inspiration and even a music playlist. From party favours, to cocktail stirrers, and from table settings to gift wrapping ideas. The book is packed with creative ideas and techniques for all types of gatherings. A practical book that will enlighten the novice and the experienced hostess!

Photographer: Janis Nicolay
Photographer: Leslie Shewring

Decorate for a Party by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring

Stylish and Simple Ideas for Meaningful Gatherings

Authors: Holly BeckerLeslie Shewring

Format: Hardback, 160 Pages

ISBN: 9781910254295

Publisher: Jacqui Small

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