Throw An Epic Bash This Weekend — Here's What You'll Need

Throwing a party? Don’t panic. All it takes is some considered shopping purchases and a little advice to take your soiree from a so-so to for-real.
For instance: Be fearless with your glassware — make it as colourful as your cocktails are! Festoon your back yard country estate with garlands fit for a Great Gatsby reenactment. Flatter your guests with mood lighting. Keep the music flowing. It’s easy to be the hostess with the mostess when you have the know-how. So, click through and help us help you.
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The first rule for throwing a party? Decant everything. From wine to cocktails, even of the non-alcoholic variety – everything tastes better when it's poured from a beautiful jug.

Anthropologie Jug, from £18, available at Anthropologie.
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Serving finger food? Leave a selection of mini-bowls by the feast to allow guests to pick and choose their foodie bites at their leisure.

DotComeStore Japanese Blossom Serving Bowls, from £4, available at DotComStore.
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Festoon your living quarters with flowers — fresh or faux. We choose the latter.

BHS Floral Arrangement in White Tin Jug, £10.50, available at BHS.
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Hit the dimmer and let fairy lights illuminate your guests in the most flattering way possible.

Habitat Charmed Fairy Lights, £40, available at Habitat.
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Make your glassware as colourful as your cocktails!

Marks and Spencer Butterfly Tumblers, £22.50 for four, available at Marks and Spencer.
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As the sun sets and the party begins, light up large church candles in oversize lanterns to cast a golden glow over the proceedings.

Butlers Oriental Lounge Lantern, £29.90, available at Butlers.
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Pick up som old-school paper straws to add a hint of retro charm to your drinks.

Paperchase Paper Straws, £5, available at Paperchase.
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Let the party know what's going down tonight with an old-school barber board. You may need to adjudicate the comments post-midnight.

Rose and Grey Retro Barber Board, £70, available at Rose and Grey.
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Don't have a cocktail cabinet lying around? No matter. A statement tray works just as well.

Zara Home Antique-Effect Mirror Finish Tray, £39.99, available at Zara Home.
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Give your tealights an upgrade with fancy covers.

Urban Outfitters Skull Tealight, £11, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Step away from the bunting and invest in garlands that are as colourful as a they are chic.

Other Criteria Tassel Garland in Limon, £125, available at Other Criteria.
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Say no to cooling brews in the bath. Keep it classy with a statement champagne bucket.

Tom Dixon Hex Champagne Bucket, £175, available at Tom Dixon.
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