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Entertaining Etiquette

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Entertaining can be quite a daunting task. Not only do you have to decide on an appetizing menu and plan sophisticated décor to match, as a host, you also have to ensure that your guests are reveling in the festivities. Lighten the burden with some of our practical tips – your next event will definitely be a smashing success.


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Invites & R.S.V.P.

Above all, remember to send out invites up to a month prior to the planned party. This ensures that your guests have ample time to R.S.V.P. and note your party in their calendars. Sending invitations out too early may result in guests losing their anticipation for the event. The key is to entice your guests with a marvelous invite that drops hints on what they may expect, so that they will arrive ready to have a magnificent time.

Welcoming your Guests

Once your guests arrive, welcome them with a vibrant greeting, and let them know where they can attain refreshments and scrumptious appetizers while waiting for the main event. Making your guests feel welcome from the start puts everyone in a pleasant mood, creating an ambiance in which your guests can comfortably mingle with each other. Read This Entry

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Tips from Celebrity Party Planners

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Planning parties can be quite an elaborate task. From deciding on a theme, to purchasing decorations, setting up, and finalizing the guest list, there is a lot that needs to be accomplished in a short amount of time. Apply these helpful celebrity party planner tips during the upcoming holiday season, and turn your next party into a stunning success.


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Use the Space

The magnitude of a party is highly dependent upon the space. Selecting the venue early is key to determining the overall party ambiance. If you have picked a large space, be sure to get a floor plan to use as a guide when plotting out where everything should go. Whatever your venue’s scope and capacity may be, the important thing to remember is to always maximize the space.

Decide on the Theme

A party’s theme dictates the décor you would need to purchase, so select the theme as early as possible. Aside from design elements, also start laying out the color palette so that everything in the room is well coordinated. Great parties do not just rely on entertainment and food, but they also rely on the ambiance that visual décor creates. Give your guests an experience to remember by choosing a theme that is fresh and engaging.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Elegant Party Appetizers

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A party is never complete without a flavorsome array of appetizers to initiate lively conversation and bring guests together. Do away with the usual fare of cheese trays and pigs in a blanket, and incorporate these scrumptious culinary treats into your next dinner party.

Caviar Canapé

Nothing embodies sophistication more than caviar. For a classic appetizer, toast mini-brioches and top them off with a teaspoon of crème fraiche and your favorite caviar. You may even give your guests options by allowing them to select the caviar of their choice. For an added visual twist, cut the brioche into various shapes to match the party theme, like an autumn leaf to match an autumn dinner party. Garnish with your favorite fresh herbs.

Layered Puff Pastry Squares

Puff pastry appetizers are one of the easiest things to prepare when you’re in a rush. You can purchase a large quantity of pre-made puff pastry dough from your local supermarket and bake it at home as needed. Dress up the puff pastry by layering it into mini sandwiches with an array of fillings. From sweet fig jams to savory pâté, your puff pastry appetizer plate will offer a delectable range of choices for your discerning guests.

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