Recently, we had a chance to share our tips for easy entertaining with Good Housekeeping Magazine. In this month’s very special 125th Anniversary Collectors Issue, a few of them made their way into the good (enough) monthly feature on page 31. Above are images from the article and below are some of our simple and special tips for throwing a party that’s low-key and low-cost:
- Host a daytime affair like a brunch verses a more time consuming and costly dinner party. If you prefer evening soirees make it a “dessert and cocktail” party.
- Choose a menu that is mostly “make-ahead” and prepare food ahead of time.
- Limit beverage options, stick to 3 and save by buying in bulk. Also serve punches or pre-mixed cocktails and mocktails in pitchers, so you’re not mixing drinks individually for guests.
- Create single flower floral arrangements with flowers from the supermarket. Bunches of the same variety in monochromatic arrangements give inexpensive flowers a wow factor.
- Make sure you have music that is party appropriate or create a mix before your party. Music is a must and is an inexpensive way to set the right mood.
- Set up as much as possible the day before: arrange flowers, set the table and plate non-perishables.
- Keep the tablescape simple and budget friendly by letting your food be the star. Display menu items on platters and cake dishes of varying heights to create an interesting look.
- Make favors pull double duty by using them to decorate the table. Desserts, like cookies and candy make great favors – purchase Chinese food containers and decorate them to send guests home with a treat.
- If you’re hosting a special event like a birthday, bridal or baby shower, gift the guest of honor the floral arrangement or take pictures at the party, print them out and put them in a pretty photo book as a special keepsake of the day.