There are few things more rewarding than entertaining friends and family. Here are a few tips to make your next get-together a success.
Organization is essential and will keep you sane. Use checklist, spreadsheets and apps to ensure you don’t miss any details and stay on schedule.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the available options for menus, décor and entertainment, pick a theme and stick with it. When you see something adorable, but it doesn’t quite fit the theme, just earmark it for your next event. This makes making decisions quick and easy.
Printed invitations may be old school, but they set your event apart from all the other notifications that people are digitally bombarded with. Colorful and creative invitations are easy to produce and help create a festive mood.
Offer a cocktail buffet where guests mix their own favorite drinks and share recipes. This is a great way to break the ice.
A specialty cocktail and unique party favors, especially if they align with the theme, will impress your guests and help create cherished memories.
Plentiful hors d’oeuvres created from simple, yet mouth-watering, recipes will please any palate and appetite. Don’t feel restricted to a traditional meal, but do advise your guests how refreshments will be presented.
If children are expected, set up a special table with appropriate decorations, food, utensils and seating. Help parents relax by providing responsible supervision for their little ones.
Centerpieces, table decor and place settings don’t need to be complicated. Play with the event theme but don’t overdo it. Try to strike a balance between the food service and the decorations. One shouldn’t outshine the other.
Don’t try to do too much on the day of the event. Remember that if you can’t relax, your guests probably won’t either. Delegate small duties to helpers and give them back up plans.
For special events, a professional party planner, who can manage all the details for you, is the ideal way to entertain without disrupting your busy schedule. Twenty Three Layers, based in New York City, has the talent and resources to organize chic and elegant affairs. Contact us now to schedule a consultation.
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