6 Parties Everyone Should Know How to Throw
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By Martine Bury
Whether they're throwing a bridal shower, grown-up birthday party or housewarming fete, Paige Appel and Kelly Harris of L.A.'s Bash, Please know how to make any shindig more memorable. Here, the party-planning pros share their tips for taking six common celebrations from so-so to spectacular.
For Keeps2 of 7
When planning a bridal shower, try to incorporate the couple's style, with a sentimental touch. Choose an object that speaks to the pair's passions. If they are animal lovers, for example, find a chic ceramic sculpture that the couple can later display in their house, and have all their friends sign it, rather than the ubiquitous poster everyone has seen before, with well wishes.
Fun for All3 of 7
At a kid's party, it's important to keep food, games and decor touches appealing. For a pre-teen's birthday bash, use pop culture and music as inspiration. Use the latest lingo (like YOLO) and lines from her favorite songs to decorate buttons. Not only is it inexpensive to create custom buttons, the grownups that are hanging out can get involved too.
Our House4 of 7
Buying a house is a big milestone, particularly if you finally landed that abode you've always dreamt about. Make it special by throwing a themed dinner party for friends and family based on the style of your home. Just bought a Cape Cod? Throw a clambake. Or is your new house Mediterranean style? An Italian feast, served family-style will work. For an added touch that won't break the bank, use small favors to show your appreciation—for an Italian-inspired gift, place mini bottles of olive oil with your favorite recipe attached at each place setting.
Birthday Bash5 of 7
Throwing a milestone birthday celebration for a close friend or family member? Create a statement wall with photos of the guest of honor through the years—position them to reflect the person's age as a giant number. Your guests will marvel at the good times had by the honoree and how he or she has changed (or not!) over the years.
Endless Love6 of 7
For Mom and Dad's anniversary, seek out ways to include their years together in the celebration. In addition to displaying photos and mementos from their relationship, consider printing their wedding vows on the menu, or playing the song from the first dance at their wedding.
Make Your Mark7 of 7
Choose one holiday to host annually—whether it's the summer solstice, Halloween or even the Academy Awards. This way you, your friends and family have something fun to look forward to year after year. Stock up over time on interesting platters, napkins and decor that will help set the scene. Add vintage pieces from flea markets and garage sales for personality.
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