Feeling Festive? Tips for Planning the Ultimate Spring Fling
March 03, 2011 - Julie Pryor
With springtime around the corner, we all start feeling a little festive. Time to dust off the outdoor pillows, clean the grill and get our melamine plates out. Here are a few planning tips for your first spring fling - ensuring it has that special spark to make it memorable not just for your guests, but for you as well!
- Send out amazing, creative invitations. This will give your guests a hint of what is in store and get them excited about attending. Choose colored or square envelopes and have them professionally addressed by hand.
- Put some time and thought into selecting your guests. While it can be fun to throw a group of interesting people who've never met together, it’s generally a good idea to include groups of people who know one another or at least have common interests or occupations.
- Choose a fantastic location. If you have a home that will accommodate your guests - use it. There's something very special about throwing a party in your own home - it often creates a feeling of intimacy - that permeates the entire gathering. Otherwise, think of your favorite places to visit and consider renting one of them out. Many museums, galleries, libraries and gardens can be leased for a private event. Of course, we are fortunate to live in a city with unique and gorgeous hotels.
- Plan a wonderful meal. Think outside the box. If you can't decide between a plated meal and stations – why not combine the two or serve a multi course meal with many small plates in different rooms?
- Make sure to offer plenty of vegetarian dishes. If you are aware of any dietary restrictions or allergies your guests have let your caterer know in advance.
- If your party is at your home and outdoors let your neighbors know in advance. Better yet, invite them to your party or at least ask them to stop by for a drink.
- Entertain your guests. People love to be engaged. Hire a great live band, bring in an old fashioned photo booth, have synchronized swimmers in your pool, have someone doing sleight of hand for small groups. These are the types of things that can really set parties off.
- Do not overlook the importance of lighting. It can truly turn a space from okay to WOW! Use plenty of candles, including low ones on dining tables, so your guests can see each other while chatting.
- Have a back-up plan if you are planning a party outdoors. Even in sunny southern California, rain can surprise us. Also, order extra heaters and remember to place one by the area where guests wait for their cars. There is nothing worse than being cold when you are supposed to be having a fun, relaxed time.
- ENJOY your own party. Guests will follow your lead. If you are relaxed and having fun chances are they will as well. If you dance, they will be out on the dance floor too.
- Hire the best photographer you can. You will have your pictures forever. Do not trust photographing the party to your cousin with his digital camera.
- Send guests home with something sweet and a note thanking them for coming. This is fun to place in guest’s cars.
Julie Pryor is an LA based Events Coordinator. For more, check out her website.
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