8 Tips for Simple Party Planning

‘Tis the season! The holidays are almost here. For many this is a fun time to rekindle with close friends and family, so don’t let the planning get in the way of the party. Here are 8 tips for simple party planning from our expert planners:

Get Organized – Create a master to-do list

From shopping for supplies to creating the perfect playlist, it’s important to keep track of all your tasks. We suggest creating a timeline that breaks everything down from the weeks leading up to the very day of the event. This will ensure you don’t miss a beat!

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Photo Credit: eagleonline.com

Create A Theme

Holidays can be more festive when a creative theme is chosen to set the tone. Christmas Pajama Party or a Great Gatsby themed New Year – possibilities are endless.

Get the Word Out

Whether you’re sending an online or mailed invitation, it’s important to give your guests the proper amount of time to RSVP. Especially with the holidays rolling around, you don’t want them to commit to other events and miss out on all the fun.

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Photo Credit: Shutterfly.com

Offer a Self-Serve Bar

The key to a simple drink service? Set up a self-serve bar so that guests can be their own mixologist. Welcome guests with a drink upon arrival by placing a tray of champagne near the door. You can take it up a notch by creating a specialty concoction that matches the night’s theme.

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Photo Credit: image found on Pinterest

Set Up a Kid’s Corner

For many, the holidays are a time for family friendly gatherings so it’s important to not forget about the little ones. Use butcher paper as a table covering, and add crayons or other crafts such as building gingerbread houses to keep them entertained.

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Photo Credit: houseography.net

Keep It Simple

Choose simple trays of delicious hors d’oeuvres in lieu of a sit down appetizer. This allows guests a less-formal approach to sample flavors and mingle with other guests. Don’t be afraid to use readymade ingredients from the market – instead of making everything from scratch.

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Photo Credit: everydaygoodthinking.com

Add In Elements

Nothing says elegance like a simple centerpiece. Try and incorporate natural elements that tie into the season like bare branches and acorns. Handwrite the names of your guest on a piece of kraft paper, or add a pop of color using a vibrant napkin.

Stay Relaxed

The day is finally here. Leave an hour for yourself to freshen up, slip into something party-ready and light a few candles for added ambiance. As the host, you set the tone, so a relaxed attitude will bring out the same in your guests.

Holiday Party Planning at Madame Tussauds!

I am thrilled to be working with my corporate client, Colonial Consulting, on their holiday party at Madame Tussauds! Although the venue offers in-house planning, I am honored that my client prefers that I am on-hand to make sure the evening runs smoothly. Let the planning begin!

5% Goes to Planned Parenthood NYC!

After planning a holiday party for my corporate client CVM, they chose Planned Parenthood NYC for their 5% donation – another Event that Gives Back!

An excerpt from their website:

“For more than 90 years, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been a beacon of hope for the thousands of women, teens, and families who rely on us for essential reproductive health care, innovative educational programs, and effective advocacy.”

“Believing that “Planning is Power,” we promote awareness about contraception as part of our commitment to prevention and proactive education. Likewise, our community and educational initiatives empower teens and adults to make informed and healthy decisions. At the same time, PPNYC works to protect the right of every woman to decide for herself when and whether to become a parent.”


A Holiday-ish Party!

The Channel V Media “holiday-ish” party was a success! Drinks were free-flowing and everyone loved the CVM mulled wine which was homebrewed by owner and partner, Gretel Going.

The DJ was rock’n, the samosas and spring rolls from Curry Dream were a hit, and the cookies from Insomnia were to die for!

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