This month I hosted my good friends baby shower. Lucky lady…she’s having twin boys!!!! As this was my first official shindig in the new place (officially), there was a lot to do. Below are some tips I figured out the hard way and the easy way when party planning, especially after a big move:
1, Pick a theme. Now I don’t mean as specific as brown monkey eating bananas only. Doesn’t have to be that narrow. Even if it’s just a colour pallet. It will help with every decision. The invitations, serving platters, decorations, party favours, etc. Use it as a guideline. For my theme, I loosely choose a woodland, soft theme with a a few adorable squirrels thrown in (they were on the invite). I live in psudo-country and it just worked with the environment. Starting with the invites.
2. Start early!!!! This is one thing I need to say I did right. You don’t realize how much goes into it until it’s the 11th hour and you have nothing done. I work long hours, travel a lot, have two step-kids and unfortunately no housekeeper (a girl can dream). So starting early was key. Do a big organizational clean-up, just so you know what you have and what your missing- an inventory of sorts. Order and send invitations. Plan what your missing. Make lists! Call a caterer, etc. Key is to start early, makes every way less stressful!
3. Ask for help!!! Don’t be shy! You don’t need to do it all yourself. Especially if you’re as lucky as I am and you have amazing talented friends who will help.
4. Order online. Let’s be honest, going from craft store, to craft store, to Wal-Mart to Michaels (which I did), just takes time, and no one has time for that. The internet has all your answers. Amazon, etc- It’s affordable, fast and you can buy a ton of things at once so you make sure they match.
5. 3 Letters. D-I-Y. I’m not a huge diyer, not because I don’t enjoy it- but because it’s so time consuming. However when it comes to throwing a party, nothing will add that special touch and save the budget as much as little creativity. The decorations, the party-favours, the food, even the invitations. Do as much as yourself as possible.
6. The devil is in the details. Yes- overall my theme came across pretty well. However, where you will get the most ohhh’s and ahhhh’s is the little things. Framing the invitation for the mama-to-be to keep. Tiny mason jar salt and pepper shakers, a personalized sign, personalized party favours, again- be creative.
7. Beg. Borrow or Steal. Well, don’t steal or beg…but definitely borrow from friends and family. I borrowed fold-oht chairs, tables, and a serving dish or two.
8. Make sure you have fun also!!! Nothing is more of a downer then a stressed out hostess. Eat the food!! Join in the laughs! Sit! Remember you worked hard, you deserve to have some fun!!!