What would you say is the most important part when planning a party? Is it the food? The theme? or the presentation? Or other?
Above all, it is the attention to details. Whether it be the small bowl of mixed nuts on a coffee table, tapered candles lit on the buffet, fresh flowers in the powder room or a thoughtfully curated bar equipped with linen cocktail napkins and silver stirrers. Guests will notice the difference and see the extra effort put forth by the hostess.
What are some tips or advice to not get overwhelmed with planning and hosting parties?
Be ever so gracious, stick to the basics, plan ahead, and know your strong suits. For example, if you are a fabulous cook play into that and create a gorgeous buffet for guests, but if you are challenged in the kitchen or have no time to arrange a thoughtful and well-appointed garden cocktail party with all the necessary accoutrements. There is never any shame in purchasing prepared foods or having a meal catered as long as the food is of excellent quality.
In your opinion, what is the best type of drinks to serve at a party?
Alcoholic ones. Make sure to have appropriate libations for everyone’s pallet. Covering the basics with vodka, gin, bourbon, tequila, and champagne will guarantee a festive ambiance. I also think it is helpful to have a light punch that will appeal to your not so experienced drinkers. It is also important to not forget those who choose not to partake alcoholic beverages.
What are some excellent party themes that are not centered around the holidays that can help individuals host their parties?
A theme as simple as a spring luncheon in the garden can be very effective and allow one to incorporate decor, linens, stemware, and seasonal flowers without limiting yourself to a painfully specific aesthetic.
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