Vintage-style illustrations invite a warm feeling of nostalgia. Add hints of brass – or even brass band – for a moment of pure jubilance.

Ribbon isn’t just for gift wrap; it can also be used to great effect as a wall hanging decoration. For a more manageable trick, wind streamers around bannisters and add star lights to create impact when guests arrive.

A tree made of parasols – inspired by those of a tightrope walker– becomes a vibrant centrepiece.

Animal figurines double up as merry table settings and lovely mementos.

Simple and nostalgic paper chains make the table the centre of attention.

Wide washi tape on the floor leads guests to your bar area – a literal guide to where the party begins.

Create an impactful doorway with lights and fabric – it’s showtime!

Photography / Simon Bevan

Styling / Lucy Gough

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