PARTY PLANNING 101

The thought of throwing a party can be a little overwhelming but don't worry sweet girl, we’re here to help. Opening your house to friends, family, and (especially) the in-laws can send the brain into overdrive. One way to ensure a stress-free dinner party is to plan well in advance.

DETERMINE WHAT KIND OF PARTY YOU'RE HAVING
Is it a sit-down dinner or a cocktail party? Formal or casual? Are you going to have a dress code? Determining what kind of party you’re throwing will set the tone for the rest of your party planning. If you’re providing a full-blown dinner, buffets make it a little easier. If you go with a cocktail party, stock the bar and prepare hors d’oeuvres ahead of time to keep your night stress-free.

BE DILIGENT
Once you’ve decided what type of party you're having, pick a date, put together a guest list, and prepare your menu. Invitations should be sent out at least three weeks in advance. Calendars fill up fast; take it from this Type A calendar keeper, there is no such thing as “too soon” when it comes to scheduling.

PREP TIME IS YOUR BFF
To save last-minute stress, prepare everything you can beforehand. A week before your party, make a list of what needs to be made and when. Be sure to add some time for any emergencies that might rear their ugly head. Getting the prep work done as early as possible will help you stay organized. In doing so, you’ll have time to be the social butterfly that you are and better attend to your fabulous guests. 

ENTERTAINMENT IS KEY
The entertainment you provide will make or break your party. Be sure to have a perfectly crafted playlist and a few things to keep your party people occupied while you're slaving away in the kitchen. 

Tip: People love photo booths. Hang a backdrop, make some props and BOOM, you're in the running for Party of the Year.

Party planning can be stressful but remember to relax. Don't stress over perfecting your menu because let me tell ya something, when it comes to hosting, being present trumps being perfect every. single. time.