Hosting a Successful Party
Hosting a holiday party can be stressful. Wedding and Event Planner, Katie Wilgus, shared her top tips for hosting a successful party!
For holiday parties, it’s easy to do away with a theme, and just let the holiday itself be your celebration. If you’re interested in adding a theme to the party, it’s easy to do! Some ideas include:
AMBIANCE WITH LIGHTING
Let your lighting create the atmosphere you desire! We always tell our clients that lighting is one of the least expensive ways to make a huge impact on their space. When hosting an evening party, one rule of thumb is to use as little overhead lighting as possible. Try using a combination of lamps and candles – they change the feel of a room instantly!
MOOD WITH MUSIC
Music is an instant way to set the vibe of your party, and these days it only takes a minute to put together some music. There are several websites that let you stream music genres, you can put a fun mix together on your iPod, or shuffle your CD player. Also, make sure the music isn’t overpowering, just easy to listen to while conversing with guests.
Instead of trying to stock an entire bar, narrow drink selections down to a few signature cocktails coupled with a few fun non-alcoholic beverages. Some examples of each:
With holidays as busy as they are, keep it simple. A few things to keep in mind:
If kids are part of the guest list, consider having a separate room where they can play and relax. This will allow both the kids and the adults to more fully enjoy themselves. Things to consider having available for the kids:
If at all possible, send your invitations out at least three weeks in advance. If you’re running out of time to have printed invitations made, and you’re not up for crafting them yourself, try customizing an online invitation. There are new companies popping up that have beautiful online invitations, which is also eco-friendly. Request that your guests RSVP, which will help you determine your food and beverage needs.
BUDGET AND CHECKLIST
Creating a budget from the beginning is important, it helps you determine how to plan the party. Once your budget is in place, you can then figure out your key elements: