When it comes to throwing a magical party, it's all about the details. You have to really think ahead, play out all the possible scenarios in your mind. You must think of your guests first and foremost. Is Uncle Joe going to take out his dentures and put them on the table again? Are kids coming and if so, where are they going to play? I am going to share with you some tips, along with some stunning images of a swanky party my stone-cold-fox husband and I attended recently.
Here we are. Don't we look like we are having the most fabulous time? I'm pretty sure this is right before the guy sitting next to me told me all about his exploits involving poker games with Nick Nolte (fascinating. Wink, wink).
The dress was Summer formal, and you know me, I always love an excuse to dress up.
The night started with cocktail hour at a beautiful home on the lake. This event was celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Daybreak community in Salt Lake City. No, we weren't at the Great Salt Lake. The Great Salt Lake is nasty. This is a beautiful, meticulously maintained, 80-acre man-made lake.
Keep with a consistent color scheme. And don't forget to keep it simple. Choose a main color and an accent color or two. They chose chartreuse and gray accented with blue flowers for this party. It was lovely.
Of course there was a lovely ambiance.
Think about ambiance. When considering your music think about the acoustics of the room. Will your play list be over-whelming if people are trying to have a conversation? I usually start a party with music because I don't want the first few guests to feel like they are arriving to a dead party. Then when the conversation and noise levels pick up I like to turn the music way down.
I just loved the custom signage, which matched the custom invitations. I am a huge believer in custom graphics for your party! They are all over the internet, you just have to look!
Custom graphics! The internet is crawling with party printables. They are fairly easy to find and really easy to print. I love these little $1 frames from IKEA, I use them all the time for displaying graphics at parties.
These bike taxis were such a fun surprise! They drove us from the cocktail party to the bridge for the dinner party and then to our cars afterwards. It was such an awesome detail. I know we all can't spring for a couple bike taxi guys in bow ties... but we can all think of little ways to surprise and delight our guests.
Surprise your guests. When planning your party try to think of at least one unexpected detail to add. It might be a funny party favor, an interesting napkin ring, it can be simple or extravagant. Just make it fun.
And now for the table scape. I do love a good table scape. I also happen to love fresh flowers and trellis print so this was just perfect! Please note the personalized menus. I love that they served as both a menu and a place card. Oh and check out the darling copper sailboat cookie cutter party favor. I never met a party favor I didn't like.
Give a favor. Party favors are just a way to tell your guests thank you. Not only is it good manners but a pretty party favor can really add to the event decor.
If possible, hire an awesome crew of chefs to create your gourmet meal. Ha!
Which brings us to tip #5...
Work with what you have! It might be tempting to head out and purchase a whole new set of matching folding chairs for your party. Believe me, I've thought about it. But the best policy is to work with what you have... and to borrow from your friends to fill in the gaps. Collect party decor and other items bit by bit and before you know it, you will be hostess of the year!
How about a few more photos of this pretty party?
I really was so much fun to eat a delicious meal on this bridge.
The chef was amazing. He made leg of duck over chick pea waffles... "Not your Grandma's Chicken and Waffles." I loved every bite!
Celebrity cook Kelsey Nixon spoke. She is just too cute.
And a gorgeous view.
Just the perfect evening.
All photos by David Newkirk