I have a running list of events that are important to my family and I, and party planning is a little hobby of mine.
I understand though that the thought of planning a party can be daunting for some so I’d like to share some of my tips and tricks that help me pull off an event with success.
Weeks in advance I start making lists and here’s a brief outline:
The size of your gathering will affect every decision from here so try to make an educated guess.
- TIP: As a general rule of thumb you can expect 75 percent to accept your invitation.
Will your party be casual or formal? I personally love a casual party done in very good taste because it takes a lot of pressure off me and my guests. Remember, that a formal invitation will spark a flurry of preparation and not just for you.
- TIP: Be very clear as to the mood of your party so that your guests will know how to dress for the occasion.
- TRICK: Outdoor lighting can make even a casual evening enchanting.
This step is crucial and time sensitive. Do not delay to send out your invitations in a timely manner.
- TIP: Send your invitations between 3-6 weeks in advance.
- TRICK: Use super-chic, easy electronic invitations to get the job done quickly. However, consider anyone on your list who may not be tech savvy and send them one in the mail.
Save your sanity by keeping your menu simple.
- TIP: Choose menus that you can make in advance that only get better with time for example chowders or stews. Then all of your advance preparation will allow you to enjoy the party yourself!
- TRICK: Turn the mundane into spectacular! Instead of a veggie platter, think roasted veggies drizzled with a balsamic glaze, fresh mozzarella and garlic toast.
A well-appointed yet simple bar will have a variety of staples like iced tea, Coke, beer, wine, champagne, and of course, lots of water.
- TIP: Choose a signature cocktail that you can make in advance. Save the juicing of limes and measuring for another day.
- TRICK: Make fancy ice cubes by adding fruit and herbs to your ice cube tray to make even a glass of water feel special.
This is my favorite part! I love to focus attention on the details. Details express love like nothing else because they require forethought, planning and action.
If your party’s purpose is to honor someone you love, then think well in advance what you love about them. What are their qualities, hobbies, passions, quirks, and adoring idiosyncrasies?
Then plan your tablescape to reflect all of those things and show you care by adding personal touches that will let them know they are loved.
Who wouldn’t be touched by a tablescape that reflects their personality?
As you anticipate the parties you will plan in the future, I hope these few tried and true tips and tricks will inspire you!