The Perfect Party!

April 06, 2021 5 min read

The Perfect Party!

3 Must-Have Party Staples…

The Invitation. The Food. The Ambiance.

 

1 The Party Invitation


A perfect party requires great planning from the start.  A well-designed invitation alone can spark curiosity and excitement from your guests in anticipation of the special day.  If the invitation is creative, well thought out, or custom designed, it will successfully set the tone for the mood of your party before your guest arrives. 

Your invitation design should match the style and décor of your party be it formal, informal, or semi-formal.  Take into consideration the color scheme of the party, the feeling you would like to evoke in your guest such as fun or high energy, beautiful and elegant, modern chic, feminine, masculine, etc. 

 

When it comes to the type of invitation let’s explore the following two options. 


1. Folded Invitations
The classic folded greeting-card style invitation can easily highlight wording or a picture on the front and allow for printing of the details of the event on the inside.  These are also nice if you’d like to insert something into the fold of the invite. 

2. Flat Invitations
Flat invitations highlight all of the details on one side of the paper.  Flat invitations are easy to print, and this style can easily be placed on your refrigerator for quick reference. 

Think outside of the box
Let your creativity lead you. Don't feel trapped in a box of a specific style. If your budget allows pair your invitation with something interactive like candy or a mini cupcake.  Another creative idea is to send a picture magnet of you and your spouse for your wedding! 

 

Pair your invitation with a custom mask for the Covid19 conscience or send a Lei with your invitations for a Hawaiian-themed party.  You can also attach a small food gift to the invitation like a custom cookie or even cake-pops (Check out the cake-pop recipe from our previous blog). 

 

Overall, thinking of creative ideas for your invitation will stimulate excitement and anticipation of your event.

 

 

 

  1. The Food
    Everyone knows the food is the star of the party, if you have a good reputation for great food, your guest will save up their calories all week just to enjoy your delectables with a guilt-free attitude.  

 

When it comes to food duty, the name of the game is "no stress". Don't overcomplicate your menu with a bunch of new dishes. Make food that you are good at and that people love. Narrowing down the options will take the pressure off you and keep your guests happy.

 

New dishes can be fun but limit your new dishes to 30% of the menu. Throw in one that you love, something store-bought, and throw in a crowd pleaser and you have yourself the perfect menu.

 

For your drinks, guests love a fun name for a cocktail! Add your initials like AJ's Lemonade or Summertime Cooler to make it a conversation piece. It adds personality to something as simple as a Strawberry Lemonade.

 

Large-scale drinks are all about the garnishes. Add some fresh or frozen fruit with straws and you have just given your party drinks a face-lift.  Neutral liquors like Vodka and rum can be put on the side to make it easy for your 21+ guests to become their own mixologists.

 

Also, planning the perfect menu has everything to do with the set-up of your event, here are some other factors to take into consideration: 

  • Does my food follow a theme?
  • What kind of food will my guests be happy with?
  • Will there be a cocktail hour of snacks then dinner or is everything served at one time?
  • Separate dessert table?
  • Are these light snacks or heavy dinner?
  • Is there anything that needs to remain chilled?
  • Will it be individually portioned finger foods, or do I need larger serving containers for things like pasta and salads? 
  • Where will the guests eat? 
  • Is it better to hire a server or two so that you can freely entertain your guests?
  • Will there be tables and chairs?
  • Will there only be high tables?
  • Will the guest be sitting on couches?
  • Is this event standing-room-only?

 

*At designLEE Studios, our rule of thumb is, if there is limited seating, stick to finger food hors doeuvres, so that guests can hold their food and drinks easily. 

When deciding how many hors d’oeuvres to make, consider 6-8 small bites per guest. For example, let’s say you have pigs-in-a-blanket and deviled eggs on your menu, you can assume that each guest will have at least 3 of each. If the eggs are larger, maybe 1.5.

 

Also, consider how the items are served. No one wants to take the last burger slider if there are only 4 out at a time and no one wants to hassle the host to see if there are more wings in the oven. Make your platters bountiful!  Not overcrowded, but fill the tray placing items all facing the same direction or follow patterns.

Don't overwhelm yourself, even if you're a great cook give yourself more time than you think you need to take care of all the cooking. People will love the food so keep the number of items that you have to make to a minimum so that you can still impress your guests. 

Secretly everyone wants to know the menu.  Here are some popular food themes and ideas:

  • Tea Party Cakes and Sandwiches
  • Antipasti and Charcuterie boards
  • Candy and dessert table 
  • Taco Bar
  • Chocolate Fountain
  • Waffle Bar
  • Veggie Tray
  • Burger Bar
  • Doughnut Wall

 

Add A Printed Food Menu To The Table

Take an extra step and print off your menu in advance!  Grab an inexpensive paper holder or mini chalkboard and write out the choices for your guests. Everyone can look at the buffet and see the options, but this adds an extra level of class to your party, casual or fancy.

 

For seated dinners, an easy half sheet printout works great. Printed menus also make your guests with allergies feel more confident about eating without the need to check-in. 

 

 

 

  1. TheAmbience

 

Commit to the theme! The theme of your event doesn't always need to be a Hawaiian Party or Taco Extravaganza. Your theme can be as simple as 2 colors Red and White or Black and Gold.

 

Use something as simple as colors and show it in the details of what you do, it will make all the difference. Purchase the red napkins instead of the standard white ones. Get a dozen of pink roses and spread them around the tables, bathrooms, and chairs if that is the theme.

 

Lighting

Let the lighting set the tone for your party. Sometimes a bright and fun party can benefit from you switching out a light bulb in a standard lamp to a color that matches your theme.

 

Music

The great thing about music is that it fills the gaps of any awkward silence that can happen. Music tells your guest how they are supposed to feel in a particular moment and can help your friends and family to socialize more or even dance! Add a customized playlist using iTunes, Spotify, or Pandora so that you have all of the songs that set your mood. It is very important to create the right atmosphere for your guest to have fun, mingle, and relax. 

 

 

Farewell Party Gifts

Consider parting gifts for your guest, they are a nice gesture and a warm way to say thank you for coming and farewell.  After weeks or months of planning the perfect party, a parting gift is classy and a great way to finish strong!

designLEE Studio
designLEE Studio

I first launched my business in 2015 because I wanted to share my passion of card invitations all while being a Stay-at-Home Mom. It all began in 2010 for my son’s first birthday, I wanted everything to be perfect, so I decorated and created every little detail. Since then, I have made all 3 of my children’s invites and decorations for all their parties. As I continued to grow, I developed a passion with digital card designs, which allowed me to share my designs on a larger scale. ORGANIZED is how I would describe my workspace, my main goal is to give you the best customer service while working on creative content for weddings, birthdays, holidays and other special events. All my items are customized for each of my customers, making my creations unique for you. I find pride in knowing that my customers are happy when they have received something I have created. My family and the joys of life’s precious moments inspire me to continue to develop as a designer.


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