Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Party Planning 101- part 5
After theme, mood, color, party plan and invitation, the real work begins- repackaging and labeling. This is where your party goes from good to great. I start by going down my party checklist. I look at each individual item and decide how it is going to be packaged or displayed and how it needs to be personalized or labeled to highlight the party theme. I'm sure I take this to the extreme but everything that is out at a party I am hosting is repackaged or relabeled, be it a beverage, food or craft item. I am obsessive (nutty?) that way. Try starting simple with just a few items, even that will make a huge difference.
For example, at my Apple Of Our Eye Party, I decided to serve lunch in bushel basket. They were lined with the green gingham fabric I had found for cheap and then tied with a ribbon to the chairs- adorable decorations. Then I had to come up with ways to make the food highlight the theme of the party.
I made very simple covers for the juice boxes and printed them on full label sheets to cover the ugly packaging and served lemonade in reused frappuccino bottles that were relabeled. None of this was really expensive but it make a huge difference. I use the same process with crafts. This extra effort really makes your guest get into the spirit of the party.
If you asked for a party checklist- it is coming. I am revamping it a bit. Please remember to vote!