Liberty’s Guide to Superior Hosting
With everything you need to throw a night to remember, here’s how to become a host with the most, the Liberty way. See you at seven!
The weather is changing, and that is good news because now is the time to embrace the fact that staying in is the new going out. If you want to know how to host any kind of dinner party, maybe a pamper night or a book club, take note: Throwing an evening of at-home entertainment to transcend all that came before it might benefit from a little inspirational guidance. With everything you need to take the party indoors, become the best host you can be with our superior guide to hosting a…
Looking to outdo your fellow book clubbers with a literary night to remember? There are a few essentials that are bound to impress. First off is the ambience, so set the scene by having a Liberty Ianthe Scented Candle 300g, £52 gently burning in the background, one that’ll infuse your chosen space with the comforting notes of iris, birch wood and amber musk; trust us, there’s something magical about reading a book under the flickering glow of candlelight. Your sofas and armchairs - the places your guests will no doubt gravitate to - will need to radiate a warmth and cosiness too. The trick? Extra blankets - the softer and plusher the better - for your guests to snuggle into on these cooler nights. But before delving into page one, there’s a final touch to consider: the most delicious of crowd-pleasing nibbles for those in-between chapter breaks. Picking chocolates and savory treats from our luxurious food hall will make your night one for the books.
If you’re yet to decide on the all-important book, gift your guests a Barnes & Noble's Collectible Edition. From Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, £17.99 to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,£17.99, these beautifully bound cult classics promise to impress.
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If you and your close friends are obsessed with art and design, there is an evening of crafting afoot. As host, the first and most important step to take is deciding what to make, but remember, it’s possible that some of your guests won't be as skilled with a need and thread as you, so pick an easy, step-by-step sewing pattern from our haberdashery floor that all can enjoy. Enter Alice Caroline’s Log Cabin Cushion Kit, £34.95; perfect for those looking to add a touch of Liberty to their sofa-scape, it’s an easy-to-follow pack that comes with an assortment of our pre-cut, world famous fabrics. Crafting is addictive, the kind of thing that’s engrossing from the get-go, so it’s quite possible that once you all start making, the food and drink might slip your mind. The solution: a grazing table of no-fuss nibbles and refreshments that everyone can help themselves to whenever they down pins.
The secret to a ‘no-fuss’ spread for sewing bees is avoiding anything that’ll leave your fingers greasy - is there anything worse for a crafter than staining your lovingly made creation? Think: breadsticks and dips, a cheese board complete with cocktail sticks and finger sandwiches accompanied by napkins.
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Of course, you’ll need to prep an indulgent feast and stock a bountiful drinks cabinet (a night of a night of cocktail-making), but there’s something else to master too: the tablescape. Whether you prefer casual settings or all-out, fancy dining, our legendary home floor has wears for every taste, but for that desired wow-factor, we say go maximalist - in every sense of the word. Atop a tablecloth brimming with colour like Avenida Home’s Charming Camellia Linen Tablecloth, £126, arrange all the trimmings: an array of technicoloured glassware from Soho Home, cutlery wrapped in tonal linen napkins, Emma Bridgewater patterned plates and bowls, and a sculptural vase or two for scented flowers. When dressed to the nines in your glamorous partywear, you and your tablescape will be the stars of the show.
Sometimes the smallest of touches delight the most and having handwritten place name cards for your guests is one of them. Set into Oda Star’s decorative star holders, £12.50 for a charming finishing flourish.
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To elevate your pyjama party to peak relaxation, the first thing to sort is the dress code and that item centric to the entire party theme: your finest, dreamiest pair of pyjamas. Emblazoned in some of our most iconic archival prints and cut from only the crispest Tana Lawn™ cotton and softest silk satins, Liberty’s nighties, robes and two-pieces are supremely luxurious, if we do say so ourselves - they’re the kind you and your guests won’t be able to wait to climb into. Equally important to consider is the entertainment, but we’re not talking about resurfacing that old, dusty board game; we have something far more indulgent in mind: enjoying a film while your fellow pyjama partiers drink mugs of steaming hot chocolate and pass around bowls filled to the brim with the tastiest of treats. A favourite of ours? Charbonnel et Walker’s mouthwatering Caramelised Biscuit Chocolate Truffles, £16.
If you’re hosting a pyjama party where those invited actually sleep over, extra brownie points will be awarded to the hosts that provide Liberty Liberty sleep masks, just the thing for a full eight hours in dreamland.
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Prepping for a lavish pamper party but don’t know where to begin? Kick off the TLC by handing out scrunchies (preferably those in the best-loved Liberty prints) so your guests can tie their hair back in preparation for what shall follow: face masks, creams and serums from a selection of the most coveted skincare brands like Decree, 111Skin and Venn. Our next expert-lead recommendation? Enter Liberty’s A Scent to Remember Perfume Kit, £75; featuring six deluxe fragrance samples from the likes of Frederic Malle, Escentric Molecules and Cra-Yon, invite your guests to spritz their pulse points and pick their favourites by process of elimination - an aromatic take on the blind taste test.