Celebrity party planner Colin Cowie has worked his magic for clients like Tom Cruise and Jerry Seinfeld. With his help, your party will leave a lasting impression on your admiring guests.
Set a Simple Party Table
Send an Elegant Invitation
A beautiful table setting is simple to put together if you just break it down, section by section.
A monochromatic grouping makes even an inexpensive flower look glamorous as a centerpiece.
Buying lots of flowers can get expensive. Fruit makes a cheaper, colorful substitute. Plus, adding different colors and shapes makes your table more interesting.
Use your good china—don't just hide it away in the closet for big holiday dinners.
There's no such thing as too many candles. Candlelight makes everyone look younger and more glamorous. Scatter votives across the table, or float candles in bowls of water to create a beautiful glow.
Don't be afraid to use place cards. They help eliminate the awkwardness of figuring out where to sit, and encourage mingling among people who might not chat otherwise.
A splash of color makes a big difference. Adding a colorful chair cover, some bright napkins, even a splash of ink in the water of your floating candles will take the table from blah to breathtaking!
Get colorful, creative and fun! The invitation will set the tone for your party.
Pick a color scheme, and match the invitation to your party decorations. This can be as simple as lining the envelope with the same color you'll be using in your table setting.
If you use a decorative element in your invitations, like ribbon, use it to tie the place card to the napkin, or work it into your centerpieces, carrying the theme throughout the party.
You may want to give your guests some attire instructions, like "Wear a splash of red." It gives everyone an excuse to shop for something new!
Instead of putting loose glitter in the envelope, spritz your invitations with hairspray, then sprinkle with glitter. It's less messy and much more elegant.
If you're really crafty, try an invitation booklet. Fill it with a poem or personal thoughts and add a photo to make it special.
It's easy to make your own invitations at home. Most card stock and vellum can be fed through home computers, allowing you the freedom to get creative.