Ace the art of throwing the perfect do every time with our handy cheat sheet
You don’t have to be a professional party planner to throw a memorable get-together at home. As the idea of hosting a rendezvous can be daunting to most, here’s a checklist of every way you can prepare for it.
Having a theme can really help plan the evening. It’ll help pinpoint decoration, dress code, food and beverage, entertainment, invitations, favours, etc. If your theme is Christmas, imagine the evening with red, gold, green, a sit-down dinner, gifts, eggnog, wine, etc. Decide on a theme at least three weeks in advance for enough time to prep.
Choose an interesting mix of people to have over. Invite a few more than you can accommodate, as some may be unable to attend. Apart from the where, when, what to wear, etc, the invitation must excite your guests with details on what you’re celebrating and why. Send it at least two weeks in advance. Send a soft copy the day before as a reminder.
Have cushions and throws washed and upholstery shampooed at least a week in advance. Focus on the right lighting, add themed accessories on end tables and decorate the dinner table for a sit-down meal. Float tea lights in water-filled bowls around the house, set up hurricane lamps with candles and place floral centrepieces between facing seats on the dinner table.
An engraved pair of stemless wine glasses, custom-made fortune cookies with messages and quotes for each guest, a box of cupcakes from the best bakers in town, aromatic candles from Bath & Body—the list goes on. Place these gifts in paper bags that are not just customised for your party but also personalised for each guest.
Make your invites intriguing. Apart from the basic details of when, what, where, give some more information on why the party is being held and maybe a little insight into what the night will be about.
For any theme, make sure you intersperse the relevant elements throughout the party area for continuity. This also makes your home look easily decorated.
Don’t forget the all-important party favours. Either customise them as per your party or personalise them for each of your guests.