Hello friends and happy Friday,
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I love entertaining. Really love it so I am constantly searching an ocassion for hosting a party or a get together. Not so hard since there are many holidays throughout the year and many more possibilities for hosting a party. So for today´s post I decided to share a birthday table.
Set a date, an ocassion and a party theme:
I picked Florian´s birthday party which is in September. We also had a celebration for him last year but I wanted to follow a real party theme this year.
Pick an Invitation:
Paperless Post has so so so many different invitations for all kinds of parties, showers and even weddings. For our Mexican Fiesta theme I picked the Fiesta Frame invitation and started to customize it. Totally love the baby blue lines on the yellow backdrop. To make the yellow pop I went with a navy blue background. And aren´t the little glasses with the limes and the umbrella really make it work.
Another reason these paperless invitations are great is that they are only sent out online so you save paper and money on buying stamps and evelopes.
So for our Mexcian theme I got these little sombreros, matching napkins, a wooden cactus garland, some colorful pompoms to hang up and this adorable black metal cactus with a led-wire around it.
I am a list person. I always have a physical list in my hand (paper goes over everything here). I even make lists for my lists but that is another obsession. A grocery list is key for party planning. Also a guest list. It is much easier if you have a total number. Although I would add on about 4 to 5 people. You never know who suddenly changes his mind and running out of food is one of the worst case scenarios.
If you have to move the furniture or add some tables or chairs get this a day or two ahead done. This is additional stress you don´t need to have by planing it out right. Also get all the groceries you don´t need to be super fresh. Canned stuff and most vegetables or cheese are fine up to four days and more. Same for drinks and crushed ice. A extra drive just to get the drinks is much more relaxed and your car isn´t full with lots of bags. Same goes for kitchen utensils. Clean and prepare everything you need for serving, placing the food, drinks etc.
Beginn earlier than you think is necessary. Having some time ahead to give it a final walkthrough or clean up some stuff already is gold. Also you should get dressed up too. Don´t forget about that. Happened on my first hosted big Christmas dinner. I changed about 10 minutes before the guests arrived and only had time for a quick make-up and hair fixture. Timing takes a little. It took me about 3 to 4 ocassions to find out what works best for me. It is also a different theme if you are serving a course menu where every dish should be on schedule or having a buffet.
All those tips help me a lot and make party planning easier but at the end of the day you have to figure it out by yourself. It also always depends on how much you have to do by yourself and how much help you have.
I hope your next party is going to be a total hit.
Thanks for stopping by. Take care. See you.
Disclosure: Huge thanks to Paperless Post for sponsoring today´s post. All thoughts and opinons are my own.