This week, I was involved with coordinating the Brides party at the Bluebird, Kings Road (which makes a great London wedding venue - see our 100 Top Wedding Venues guide). 200 top bridal designers joined us for canapés and cocktails to chat about their new collections. The party theme was Best of British to celebrate our current issue, which you can't miss with its fabulous Union Jack cover.

Nato Welton

Decorating the event space was not dissimilar from dressing a wedding reception, and here are some of the wow-worthy touches you could use to transform your venue.

1. Look up
Think about hiding an unsightly ceiling with fairy lights or bunting. For the part, I draped oversized bunting in red, white and blue from high beams. It was a real talking point and helped create a party mood.

2. Focal Point
Think about creating a focal point at your reception. A flower display is an obvious choice, and Tony and Javier from By Appointment Only created striking floral arrangements to mark the main bar. You could easily make your cake table the main attraction, by adding family photographs around your cake, or hang Star Cloth behind the Top Table to make it stand out.

3. It's All In The Detail
There are lots of little ways to pull a scheme together. For the Brides party, drinks were served with cocktail stirrers made using fine wooden skewers and Union Jack ribbon. Miniature toys in the shape of London buses, taxis and post boxes were placed on the canapé trays, and we chose a menu of British classics. Small bowls of sausage and mash, miniature fish and chips, and teeny versions of roast beef and mini Yorkshire puddings, were all hits.

4. Party Bags
Adults love goodie bags as much as children, and we filled ours with theme-appropriate gifts. Biscuits from the London collection at Biscuiteers, tins of English Breakfast tea, a bottle of Heinz Baked beans, and some Colman's Mustard. All very tongue-in-cheek, but fun and light hearted. While I'm not suggest you recreate these for your wedding guests, the idea is that you make it personal and memorable.