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Lifestyle : Party Planning 2011
1HERSA1 0021 Christmas has come early @ the Hilton Sydney Book a Christmas event at Hilton’s famous Zeta or Marble Bar and receive: • Complimentary room hire • Special reduced beverage package • Minimum spend will not be required For further information and reservations please contact: Special Events Sales Manager Phone | 02 9266 2057 Email | email@example.com hiltonsydney.com.au *Offer is available Monday and Tuesdays only for a minimum of 50 guests. It applies to new events booked and materialised by 20th December 2011. THE SUN-HERALD SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2011 21 party planning 3. Don’t get too thematic Zabotto-Bentley says themes are great but you don’t want to be totally obsessed with themes like James Bond Casino Royale. ‘‘It all starts to become a bit costume party or pantomime. ‘‘So keep your themes quite general and really sharp and slick. Think 1920s but don’t do flapper hell cringe . . . create a speakeasy feel at home. ‘‘Turn off overhead lights and light only lamps. Hire a waiter in a tux or get a neighbour in a tux to help serve drinks. Use old-school martini glasses and serve on old silver trays. Style various areas with old- school flowers –white calla lilies and phalaenopsis orchids sitting in old silver champagne buckets. Play some old jazz like Ella Fitzgerald or some Fats Domino and Dizzy Gillespie. ‘‘Put tea lights in old martini glasses; find some old lace table runners. And there you have a modern take on the ’20s.’’ 4. Repeat, repeat, repeat ‘‘Use the same material when you are styling your home, that is, glass repeated in various guises on the table,’’ Zabotto-Bentley says. ‘‘Dig around in your cupboards–Iamsurethere are pieces of old cut crystal or old mismatched sherry, wine glasses from your grandma. Cluster these on a table. Fill some with water and flowers but also put sea salt in an old sherry glass and crack pepper into a crystal jewellery box. This repetition of the same material and used lovingly on the table creates presence and style. ‘‘The same applies to a colour like silver. Find all things silver: vases, silver statue, silver bowl, plate, and candlestick. Even hunt these down at markets and op shops. Make sure they are all different. Even spraypaint porcelain figurine silver. Cluster these on the table.’’ 5. Make the table the focal point ‘‘Dinner parties come into interesting territory when you make the table a great point of interest. For example, think provincial and create a haphazard tumble of great styling with Italian breads on timber chopping boards, old decanters filled with wine. Use mismatched plates, cane and wicker, odd napkins. It all may look mismatched and contrasty at the beginning but as it takes form it will be look beautifully styled. Single colours like black or silver or single materials like glass or metal or really simple themes will allow you to create an intimate, well-styled experience with that attention to detail.’’ SPECIAL REPORT
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