10 Expert Tips To Throw A Stylish And Stress-Free Party At Home

This party season, we show you just how to throw one of those soirees that are straight out of a glamorous decorating magazine. Of course, we looked to someone with a keen eye for decorating: Interior stylist Hong Henwood.

She’s the one people turn to when they yearn for a stylish living space, and the houseproud will know that Hong’s decor store, Affordable Style Files (ASF), in Dempsey Road, is stocked with gorgeous furnishings to add instant chic to any home.

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Hong moved to Singapore from Australia in 2015, and lives here with her husband, David, and two children, Miya, aged seven, and Charlie, five. Between shuttling the kids to extra-curricular activities and running ASF, the vivacious 35-year-old enjoys entertaining at home.

“We normally have friends over for dinner twice a month,” she says. “What I love about being a host is I get to style the table, make some delicious meals and then we all get to sit, mingle and enjoy the setting!”

Here are Hong’s top ten tips to throwing a stylish and stress-free dinner party at home:

1. Pick a colour scheme of around three colours which your decor will revolve around. 

Hong went with green and muted pink on a white base. “Pink and green combinations are very on trend at the moment,” she says, as they’re in line with the botanical theme and “jungalow” type of home (that is, a home decor style that heavily features indoor plants and natural textures and colours).

Tip: Create a stylish and soothing centerpiece by placing fresh flowers in vases of varying shape and height.

2. Freshen up with flowers and plants.

“Plants are an inexpensive way to decorate a space, as blooms often cost more. Green leaves can last a long time as well,” Hong adds. But you still need fresh flowers to brighten up the space and add colour to it. “Buy flowers the day before so that you can arrange them, and make sure they’re in full bloom for the party,” Hong recommends. Opt for a variety; you can’t go wrong with hydrangeas, tulips, roses and small filler flowers like statice, gyp and feverfew.

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3. Keep unnecessary stress at bay by prepping food ahead. 

“Sit down and write a menu and grocery list to make sure you have everything before the party. And prepare foods the night before or first thing in the morning, if possible. Often, preparing desserts the night before or morning of the party helps them taste better, as time allows the flavours to sink in.”

4. Know your guests’ dietary needs. 

“Make sure all guests are catered for, as there’s nothing worse than serving all meat at a dinner when some guests are vegetarian. Also, make a note of any allergies your guests may have,” Hong advises.