Summer is here and long sunny days are ahead. It’s the perfect time to impress your friends by throwing a chic party with a luxe vibe for your besties. Here are a few budget friendly tips to help you plan your next gathering at a low cost but with style.
The first thing you will want to do is clear your home of chaos and clutter. Breakable and small knick knacks should be moved out of sight to a safe place like your bedroom. You will then want to shift chairs to create a space easy for mingling and maneuvering. Ideally you should have different areas where your guests can choose to either stand or sit. An open floor plan makes it easy to move around and talk to different groups of people. Anything complicated may make uneasy guests
Snacks are a very important part of entertaining. Make things as simple or yourself as possible. Making appetizers ahead of time that can be put out at room temperature is a good way to free up your time to visit with your guests. It is tempting to display snacks in only one area such as the kitchen. To keep guest moving and mingling, place snacks in several different areas. Food is always a great way to get people talking, so by creating multiple snack stations, you can bet your guest will be mingling in no time. If you really want to impress, try roasting nuts, such as pecans, in the oven with rosemary to create not only a tasty treat, but am aromatic environment as well.
Design handmade signs to help direct your guests where to leave things. Simple signs assigning areas for things such as hats, purses, or shoes will help ease your guests in where to place their personal items. You may want to also include signs directing them towards the bathrooms also. Something so quick and simple will make your guests comfortable and is a memorable touch.
Lighting is an important element to a party. Avoid harsh bright fluorescent lights. The goal is to create a relaxed atmosphere and gentle lighting is a great way to achieve this. The soft glow of candles or outdoor lighting on the porch makes an amazing ambiance on summer nights.
Fun decorating pieces strategically placed throughout your party space is a nice way to bring a theme to your party. For a beach theme try small bowl of shells on tables, and tealights placed in glass jars with sand. Something simple and elegant will make an impression on your guests Be sure to not go overboard and clutter up your party area.
Last but not least, don’t forget about being a good host. Greet your guests at the door with a warm welcome and guide them into your home. If you are tied up and can not, assign a well trusted friend to help you out with this. Who doesn’t love to feel special and a smile and warm hello is a great way to start your party off on the right foot!
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