Whether you’re having a big wedding, a 50th anniversary party in your backyard, or a graduation blowout, these simple tips give you a leg up on a stress-less evening of celebratory fun!
1) Get the Music Right
If you are 30 but your guests include 65-year-olds, they might not appreciate your favorite kind of music. Work with your DJ to get your music and theme customized for your whole event. Remember, your DJ has done this before, so they’ll know how to incorporate everyone’s tastes. Plus, they can adjust accordingly during the party and even turn the inevitable lull into magic moments.
2) Get the Lighting Right
Nobody looks good with bright overhead fluorescent lighting, and nothing kills a party quicker than bright lights. Dim lighting makes everyone look better. Make your setting intimate – even with 200 people there! Add in candlelight. It is truly sexy and let’s face it, everyone DOES looks better in candlelight. Take the plunge and change it up with beautiful candle-laden center pieces, strings of mystical white lights, overhead lanterns, or mason jar light trees. Your magical evening will be memorable.
3) Have Signature Cocktails
Make a signature cocktail to the theme or mood of the party. Have appropriate glasses, garnishes and buckets of ice. Cute or hand-stamped cocktail napkins keep your theme alive. It sets the tone of your celebration whether it’s a wedding, anniversary party, or a graduation. Even non-alcoholic cocktails are fun! Make sure pitchers of water with lemons and limes and pretty water glasses are available. If the tap water is terrible, have jugs of spring water. The more hydrated and happy your guests are in the water and non-water ways, the more distinctive your party, whether for 10 or 300. The care is always in the details when it comes to parties.
4) Serve Easy, Impressive Food
Food is sometimes the life-force of a party. Good food = good party. Boring food = well, you get the idea. But keep it simple. Some ideas are:
Make sure any pre-made food is on elegant or interesting serving platters, or in pretty bowls that fit the theme of your bash.
Have your caterer, or you, add fresh chopped herbs to pre-made dips to brighten and doctor them.
Have an interesting cheese platter. Simply and lovely.
Create a simple antipasta-like dish by filling ramekins with olives, feta cheese, Parmesan, dried Italian meats, sundried tomatoes and Marcona almonds. or whatever you wish. Simply, elegant and fun to nosh on.
A new trend is inexpensive but tasty American caviar. Enjoyable, adventurous, but inexpensive.
For a event-worthy dessert presentation, have your caterer, or you, put out simple, yummy cookies from your favorite bakery on beautiful platters, or put out fancy little plates with individual items, like gourmet chocolates, petit fours or little brownies. These can be served by catering staff, or yourself, table-side at the appropriate time.
An effortless, uncomplicated, but a delicious and breezy time will be had by all.
How do you stay stress-less for your parties?