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Now that the party season is upon us, a new book from party- planning expert, Polly Betton, shares her experience on just how to make any occasion really special and one that friends and family will never forget.

Most parties have a common purpose: to celebrate. Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary or the start of a new adventure; a group of well-wishers, a couple of bottles of wine and ‘voila!’ a party. But there are parties and then there are parties. From daytime dos, al fresco suppers, and intimate dinners to house parties and large scale functions, this comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know to make your event go without a hitch.

With Polly’s help you will discover that your perfect party really is within your reach and budget, whether it’s making the invites, finding a venue, planning and making the food and drinks, working out a soundtrack or even hiring a DJ or caterers. What’s more, the book is packed with fabulous ideas for themes to really wow your guests.

Transform your weekend picnic into a sports day for adults or throw a floral themed do with shrinking violet cocktails and edible flower canapés. For a more formal affair why not organise a Victorian tea party or finally wear that stunning vintage dress by throwing a roaring 20s house party, complete with devilled eggs, lemon curd tarts and a prohibition bar!

Turn your dining room into the Titanic by recreating the original menu or stage a Valentine’s ball people will always remember for the aphrodisiac tasting table, the heart piñatas and the rosemary infused gin and tonics.

With a good concept and a bit of imagination the possibilities are endless – whatever takes your fancy – and with over 80 recipes for gorgeous party food and show-stopping cocktails, Party! is never short on inspiration and helpful advice on being a great party planner.