let’s plan a party

I continued using bales of hay throughout; here I draped it with an IKEA plaid throw to make a sitting area near a drink station.

Create areas for your guests to gather, complete with food and drinks. 

Tomorrow is not only Monday,  but my first day back to work after 17 glorious days of Christmas vacation. Thinking about Mondays, much less preparing for them, can be depressing. So, instead, let’s think about planning a party!

Planning a party gives me energy. It’s exciting to create something special for my guests, and to anticipate the memories that will be created. Over break I hosted a “girlfriends dinner” for my six closest girlfriends. I was looking forward to it weeks in advance. I pored over my copy of Soiree by Danielle Rollins, choosing the perfect menu and cocktail…naively ordered an outrageously expensive cut of meat that Matt and I had to sneak back into the refrigerated bins in the meat section at Publix… and put a less expensive twist on some of her more decadent ideas. The morning of the dinner I got a text from one of the girlfriends, “I can’t stop thinking about how much fun tonight will be. I am way more excited than I should be.” That sweet message alone makes all the planning, serving, and hosting MORE than worth it. Because, what really matters are the memories you make at the party. The planning and personal touches just set the scene for unforgettable experiences… and for the girlfriends, A LOT of laughter.

Here are five steps for PLANNING A PARTY

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