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  • My Party Essentials: Matilda Goad

    If there’s one woman who knows how to host a stylish dinner party, it’s Matilda Goad. The creative consultant and interiors designer is known for her stylish and playful table-scapes, which feature her signature scalloped-edged linens, woven placemats and colourful beeswax candles. Not just reserved for the dining table, Matilda’s sense of style extends to her feminine, vintage-inspired wardrobe, which this party season features a Batsheva dress and lamé mules. The hostess with the mostest, indeed.

    Matilda Goad

    Pack of Beeswax Candles£42

    “I may be biased, but my pure beeswax ribbed candles are my go-to for parties. We now have these in nine colours, so you can swap them in and out as per the evening. There’s nothing better than candlelight.”


    Leopard-print Ruffled Cotton-velvet Dress£430

    “I love Batsheva and this dress adds the perfect dose of party for me.”

    Loeffler Randall

    Penny Bow-detailed Plissé-lamé Mules£207

    “The perfect party shoe! I love designer Jessie Randall’s style and these will look great with jeans in spring, too.”

    Tata Harper

    Restorative Eye Crème£91

    “I’m obsessed with Tata Harper, particularly this cream, which brings you alive and fakes a glow. It’s expensive, but the bottle goes a long way! Perfect for tired eyes during the party season.”


    Monogram Rick Rack Notecard Set£20

    “Paper over digital correspondence any day! I love nothing more than to receive a thank-you note or a save-the-date in the post – a welcome surprise amongst bills!”


    Serving Board£40

    “Handing out food on large wooden boards is easy and looks great. It’s also much easier to store than the equivalent size in china.”


    Mandarin Orange Tree£27.95

    “I will be filling my home with lots of mini orange trees this year – they feel festive and modern and have a great scent. I’ll use my tole planters to house them.”

    Prezzemolo & Vitale

    Parmigiano Reggiano 24 Month£3

    “I don’t think you need to go mad on food when hosting; instead, I opt for a few simple things with great ingredients, such as a big chunk of Parmesan half crumbled-up and severed with a knife.”

    John Lewis & Partners

    Giant Chocolate Pound Coin£6

    “Fun nostalgic nods are always welcome in my home. If I were hosting a small dinner party I’d put one of these on each place setting, or mixed in a bowl with smaller coins in the centre of the table.”

    Matilda Goad

    Rainbow Spectrum Large Lacquered Tray£450

    “I like to create a little drinks area when I host so that guests can easily top themselves up. I lay this up with a small bucket of ice and all the necessities.”


    One SL Smart Speaker£179

    “A Sonos with a preloaded playlist from my DJ friend emandme is a must – she has the best taste in music!”



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