i know…rough life. but with some of my favorite people getting married this summer, there is no shortage of parties to both attend and throw. and who does not love a good excuse to pop a bottle of champagne?! that being said, hosting an event can be a lot to manage if you
spend too much time on pinterest go overboard with food and decor. i, for one, have a bad habit of finding inspiration and completely running with it to the point where i have overwhelmed myself…not a good practice at all. and because of experiencing this feeling in the past, i have come to the conclusion that for parties i throw from now on, simple and thoughtful details will always be a better way to go. after all, the true secret to a successful party is not about the food and decor as much as it is about the people: being a hostess that is kind and considerate to her guests, while ensuring the guest of honor feels loved and appreciated.
for me, accomplishing a beautifully decorated and delicious party comes down to three simple steps:
1. always consider the menu first. food is not only the focal point of many celebrations, but it can also be a centerpiece all it’s own. for this reason, i consider food that will not only be easy to manage if people are walking around, but that is nice to look at on display. i have numerous beautiful serving platters and dishes given as gifts from my own wedding, and i love pulling them out and putting them (as well as some delicious bites) on display.
2. when is comes to florals, less is more. i am a flower girl, it’s true. but to me, there is nothing more beautiful than loosely arranged blooms that are singularly beautiful, and not over-stuffed in a vase. this same principal, in my opinion, applies to the number of arrangements. fewer arrangements allow for each one to stand out more.
3. it’s all in the details. for me, elaborate dinners and decor are not nearly as meaningful as well thought out details. hosting a bridal shower for a bride who wishes her mom could be in attendance? get the recipe for her favorite homemade cookies and make them for the shower as a nod to both her mom and her favorite things; she is guaranteed to appreciate it more than the fanciest cookies from a local bakery. similarly, incorporate small details (striped straws, food labels, cupcake frosting) that echo the wedding’s color scheme, and be sure to take a lot of pictures to add in to a memory book for the bride.
hosting is about making your guests feel welcomed and at ease. and with a hostess that is at ease herself, her guests are bound to feel the same, and the laughter and good times will undoubtedly follow. now, time to pop the bubbly!