If I could add that I have a knack for planning parties to my resume, I would! I think it’s one of my favorite things to do. In college, I was the Event Chair of my sorority and at my first real job I also served as the President of the E.L.F (Employees Love Fun) Committee. It doesn’t get more hilarious than that, right? But truly, it’s my thing! The biggest party I’ve ever planned was our wedding and it was the most fun undertaking ever for me. There’s just something about watching all your planning and coordination come together in a manner by which people are enjoying themselves. That’s what I love most! So, here’s my formula for hosting an event large or small:
Select a Theme
In college, I coordinated weekly “swaps” which were themed parties with other sororities and fraternities. Thinking about it now I can’t believe we would have a swap in the middle of the week… oh how life has changed. Anyways, the best part about a swap was the theme and going all out in dressing up. There’s nothing like a party with a good theme. Although a swap theme now may be over the top, there are fun and practical themes you can work into any get together. The easiest way to do this in conjunction with something major going on (like the Bachelorette Finale) or most obvious, a holiday!
Coordinate Decor and Essentials
Now, you certainly don’t have to go all out with decor but a few subtle touches here and there in coordination with your theme will make the event come together. This can be as simple as fun paper straws, personalized napkins, or a tassel banner. Have you all been to the party section of Target lately? I mean, if not, RUN don’t walk to the nearest Target and get some items to have on hand. Recently, I picked up a silver tassel banner because I feel like it’s a versatile option to put up for impromptu get togethers. I also got an array of sparkly candles (because I can never find them when I need them) and stripped paper straws. If you’re crafty, I also look to Studio DIY for fun party decor ideas.
Furthermore, I believe in displaying all the essentials- I am talking about anything people would need to look in your cabinets for- glasses, plates, and cutlery, etc. There are so many adorable bar carts and display options that can be easily converted into a space for these essentials on the event night. It just makes the event seamless and people can grab what they need and enjoy the party!
Recruit One Helper
As much as I would love to say, “I’ve got it covered,” it much easier to have at least one pair of helping hands on the event day. For our wedding this was a NO BRAINER but for smaller scale events it’s always helpful (and more fun) to have someone help with set up, clean up and everything in between.
I can’t believe that summer is almost over (according to the calendar, not to weather here in Florida) but with summer on it’s way out and fall on it’s way in, I know we will be hosting a few events in the coming weeks! Side note, how adorable are these sandals? I am obsessed with the pom pom detailing on these lace up sandals! Perfect for a fun backyard barbecue. Wishing you a great weekend!