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We believe a special party experience is achieved when people simply feel good, relaxed and open to connecting with others. Today we’re sharing our secret Party Bluprints recipe for gifting your guests a special and memorable experience.
1. Entertain not to impress, but to address, and enjoy your guests. Entertaining in your home is an opportunity to treat your friends and family to a special and personal experience – treat it as such.
2. Remember, there will be nothing more beautiful at your party than the people.
3. Devise a plan to manage your time and tasks so you’re not overwhelmed or unprepared for your guests. If you plan carefully you can prepare everything ahead of time and be a guest at your own party.
4. Follow our 5 “Good Sense” Tips below: We believe the most effective (and fun) way to approach entertaining is to start with a plan to stimulate the five senses. Pay attention to all the elements of your party and make sure they enhance, not detract, each one (consider it a symphony for the senses): the food, the tablescape, the music, the lighting, etc. If you achieve the right balance, your guests’ senses will be satisfied resulting in relaxed and happy guests and the perfect party environment!
Coordinate your cocktail, wine and menu selections. Keep it simple and use fresh ingredients whenever possible. Don’t experiment at your party, stick with reliable recipes. Very important – prepare as much as you can ahead of time.
Seeing is feeling. Serve your guests a beautiful signature cocktail as they arrive. This not only relaxes your guests, but gives them a visual signal of things to come. Lighting greatly affects the vibe of your party, plan accordingly. While candlelight is always best for night, most times it does not cast enough light for dining. Invest in a dimmer(s) for your dining/living room(s); it will help to create the perfect mood while maintaining the ambiance of your candlelight.
Allow a “good” food smell to waft through the air. “Smell memory” is powerful and can instantly create a warm feeling associated with a fond memory of a place or time (i.e. the smell of cotton candy can bring us back to memories of being a child at a summer fair). Pay attention to the spaces you will entertain in and enhance them with aroma’s that complement your party vibe – don’t forget the powder room too. The only exception to this rule is at the table, avoid scents that overpower the food you are serving.
Music is instrumental. Prepare your music mix in advance and coordinate it with the vibe of your party. Music has the incredible power to relax, excite, inspire and transport people to another place mentally.
Connected to your guests. What guest wouldn’t feel special knowing their host specially prepared this party just for them? Make time for conversation and show your guests that you’re happy they’re in your home sharing time with you.
Bonus Tip: Begin and end on a personal note. Make your guests feel extra special by sending a hand written invitation and end with a keepsake from the evening. Gestures like these make a further personal connection between you and your guests.