TIP 1: Color for High Style!
Selecting one color for your party will give you high style and impact! Colors I love include red, yellow, and for a sheik modern 'Delano' look, think about all white! When you have selected your color, use it for table linen, lighting, floral, cocktail napkins, a specialty drink and more!
TIP 2: Gorgeous Floral!
When thinking about centerpieces, consider using a glass or crystal container for the base, especially if you have centerpieces with height. Glass and crystal will not only allow your floral to pop, it will also allow your dinner guests to engage in conversation easier and see each other across the table. Table conversation is an important aspect of any successful dinner party!
TIP 3: Yummie Delights!
Sweets are always a party delight! Take your favorite candies and arrange them in various glass containers. Put mini scoops in them so your guests can easily help themselves! Additionally, I like to purchase little clear cello bags and twist ties so guests can fill up a bag and take it home as a favor!
TIP 4: Dress the Part!
Ask your guests to dress in theme! This gives you an abundance of free decor, plus it's just fun! For an extra surprise, rent a rolling rack from you local rental company and costumes from a local costume shop and let those who thought they were going to get away with not dressing up select a costume as they enter the party! Additionally, I like to hand out numbers and hold a contest, giving out prizes for the most original, etc.
TIP 5: Say Cheese!
Personalize your event by placing beautiful framed photos of family and friends in a prominent place. Not only do these become a conversation starter, they will bring back fabulous memories! Adorn the photos with candles. Candles are the most cost effective and romantic way to create an atmosphere for your party (you can never have too many!).