With the holidays in full swing and 2016 on the horizon, Zelda O. Miles wants to help you party in style.
“Personally I think the tone of every party starts with the invitation,” said Miles who owns Party Like Zelda. “The design and wording clues people in on what to expect. From there, I like to take those design elements and work them into the décor, whether it’s flowers, vases, linen, dishes and flatware. It all should reflect you—the host—and the atmosphere you want your guests to walk into upon arrival.”
Miles said a great party has a few key elements.
a) Mix up the guest list. Don’t invite the same people all the time.
b) Keep the menu simple, but delicious with dips on the side.
c) Watch the lighting. If the lights are too bright, guests will feel self-conscious; if they are too soft guests might not be able to see or get sleepy.
d) Have fun. Don’t be so busy hosting that you don’t enjoy your guests.
If you’re planning a party, give yourself plenty of time.
“The sooner the better. It’s really more about being organized than anything,” Miles said. “My advice is to plan a year ahead. Venues and caterers get booked quickly.”
For those who wait until the last minute, there’s still hope.
“First, make sure you have enough snacks—chips, dips, nuts, drinks—on hand, as well as napkins and paper products. Don’t worry so much about buying decorations and new serving dishes. Use what you have. What do I mean? If you aren’t serving punch, line that punch bowl with some pretty napkins and pour in some chips. Martini glasses look great with dip in them. Again, have fun.”
And if all else fails, call a professional.
“I know people think that hiring a party planner is a waste of money because they can throw a party themselves. Here’s the problem with that and why I love doing what I do: The average person is so tired by the day the party rolls around that they really don’t enjoy themselves. They’re tired from all the running around prior to the party, the day before the party, the day of the party and during the party. Not to mention decorating and cleaning up afterward. As your party planner, my team and I handle all of that for you. So does it cost? Yes. But is it worth it? I think so.”