Category Archives: Elegant Party Ideas & Hosting Tips

Your guide to party planning, hosting, and adding unique touches that turn gatherings into memorable occasions

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

The Great Gatsby Style: How to Host a 1920s New Year’s Eve Party

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End the year in style with a show-stopping New Year’s Eve party inspired by the Roaring Twenties.

Balsam Hill shows readers how to throw a stylish New Year's Eve party inspired by The Great Gatsby

The 1920s was a great time in America. Free markets were working overtime. Research and development that led to technological advancements kept things progressing. There was a boom in the car industry. Working people were well paid and everybody seemed to have great buying power. The working man had more money in his pocket to spend. The country easily became the strongest and richest nation in the world, thanks to its vast economic power.

But the 1920s became the Roaring Twenties not only because of America’s prosperity during this decade but also because of the dynamic culture of its bustling society. It was from this period that the iconic Great Gatsby emerged.

The Great Gatsby

Balsam Hill takes inspiration from the opulent lifestyle of Jay Gatsby, an icon of the Roaring Twenties
Leonardo Di Caprio in the title role of The Great Gatsby

Jay Gatsby is primarily known for the lavish parties he throws. Think along the same lines as this young, mysterious millionaire from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel if you are looking to create a decadent party that exudes the opulence of the era. Step back into this wonderful decade of style and sophistication with these tips on hosting a 1920s Great Gatsby party of extravagance.

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How to Wrap a Gift with Your Own Personal Touch

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Christmas is the season of giving. It is a time when we get together with family and friends over a hearty holiday dinner, share stories, and present gifts to each other. It is our simple way of showing appreciation for their company throughout the previous year. While the value of the present may vary from each person, what matters most is the thought of giving.

This week, Balsam Hill shares our four favorite ways to creating a unique and personalized holiday gift for loved ones. With these simple ideas, you can make your presents more timeless and memorable.

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The Best-Kept Secrets to a Hassle-free Christmas Dinner Party

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By now, you may have already seen quick and easy how-tos for holiday celebrations, but Balsam Hill is taking Christmas party planning to a whole new level by giving you ideas you won’t find anywhere else.


Modern Spaces by Marshfield Interior Designers & Decorators Stacy Curran

 

The savvy host knows that preparing for a dinner party can be daunting. Now, you can take away the pressure of hosting a traditional Christmas feast with these handy tips.

1. Keep the Guest List Manageable

The number of attendees greatly affects your workload. It’s important to assess your guest list according to your capacity as a party planner and host. Limit visitors to a smart six if you’re doing all the cooking. It’s best to avail of catering services if you’re expecting a bigger crowd.

People’s social calendars can fill up quickly during the holidays. Confirm guest attendance either by calling or via e-mail. This is also a great time to ask guests if they have any food allergies or special dietary preferences.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

5 Heartwarming Gift Basket Ideas for the Holidays

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Thanksgiving is upon us and it’s the perfect time to show our relatives and friends our deepest gratitude for their love and friendship. One fine idea you can do is to present them with themed gift baskets filled with splendid treats associated with the holidays.

A gift basket filled with treats and adorable trinkets

Here are gift basket ideas you can purchase or use as inspiration to create your own. These excellent presents show the people in your life your appreciation.

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