Lisa Thornbury: Party Mummy


Perfect Party Tips

Plan A House Party With Pizzazz

Most party guests would happily eat chips straight from the bag in a joyful, relaxed atmosphere than be served caviar and champagne at a party with no umph.

If you plan your event with "atmosphere" in mind, you’ll never go wrong. We want to spend quality time with people we enjoy; sharing a laugh, exchanging stories and bonding with friends is good for the soul. Throw in some tasty treats and a few cocktails and your party will rock. 

Here are some easy tips for creating a pleasing party atmosphere:

1. Leave as little as possible to the day of the party so you’ll be relaxed and ready to rumba when your guests arrive. For example, do your cleaning and party set up a day in advance. Also, prep as much of the food as possible ahead of time. Don’t be afraid to delegate. It's trendy to ask friends to bring food, drinks, pick up ice, etc. 

2. If you feel anxious about hosting, you’re not alone. It can be nerve wracking, but as long as you “appear” calm, your guests will take their cue from you. Even if things go horribly awry, keep your cool. Let’s say “hypothetically” somebody accidentally smashes the host’s Circle of Friends candle holder. The host should stay calm and refrain from shooting evil death glares at the offending guest. {Seriously, the eighties called and they wanted their candle holder back. I did her a favour.}

3. Be a visible guest at your party. Instead of hiding away in the kitchen, mingle and enjoy your guests. I mean really, if you’re not having any fun, why bother?

4. To avoid having people stagnate in one spot, separate the food and drink areas. This is a much more effective strategy than posting a “no loitering” sign.

5. Use items you already own in unusual ways. Not only will this save you money, it will spark conversation. I threw a red cloth napkin over a green patio tray and had an instant Christmas serving dish. Egg cup tealight holders, a fishbowl {new, without dead fish scales stuck to the glass is preferable} punch bowl, a hurricane lamp as a trifle dish, mason jar sundaes, etc. You'll be surprised what you can come up with. 

6. Invite FUN people to your party. Do you have a friend who is known for tearing up the dance floor, has an infectious laugh or a way of making people feel comfortable? PUT THEM ON THE LIST!

7. Check out Connie’s blog for melodic inspiration because music absolutely sets the tone. It's not only WHAT you play, but the volume is important as well. You should be able to hear the music easily, but it should never drown out conversations. Unless of course it’s Flo Rida’s "Low" and you’re shaking what your mama gave ya while fellow guests chant your name and egg you on. In that case, crank it way up and totally give ‘er. 

Happy entertaining! ~ Party Mummy