Ashleigh Dorfman, CSEP
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PINTEREST (www.pinterest.com; iPhone/ iPad and Android apps) – If you clip magazine articles for inspiration, then you’re going to love Pinterest. It’s a treasure trove of fabulous ideas, and offers the ability to “pin” photos from other web sites (such as online magazines) to create your custom inspiration board.
PAPERLESS POST (www.paperlesspost.com; iPhone/iPad app) – If you like the convenience of electronic invitations but desire sophisticated designs (without cheezy ads), then check out Paperless Post. This easy-to-use application offers fantastic designs for a wide variety of events, guest management features (collect RSVPs, email reminders) and recipients will enjoy the experience of “opening” the digital invitation.
How well do you know your numbers? If you’re hosting a holiday cocktail party, then you need to know your Holiday Cocktail Party numbers! Knowing your numbers ensures that you will have sufficient food and drinks, which is a frequent fear for many hostesses, and that, subsequently, guests will have an enjoyable experience at your party. This month, I’m sharing my cheat sheet that I’ve developed over the years from the wisdom shared by preferred caterers and rental companies.
Invite little ghouls, I mean guests, about two to three weeks before the party. Is costume optional? Will the party be outdoors? Include these details on the invitation so guests are prepared for maximum fun!
Modern women love shortcuts; shortcuts to beat traffic, clean the house, prepare dinner and more. We need these shortcuts to accomplish the many things we NEED to do so that we have more time to enjoy the things we WANT to do … like play with our kids, ride our bikes and catch up on our DVR shows. Entertaining doesn’t exactly fall under the NEEDS category but research suggests that people do need to celebrate – our accomplishments, as well as the successes of our family and friends, not to mention birthdays, holidays and more; the positive results are exceptionally healthy.
One thing that I enjoy most at the start of a new year is reading trend reports to learn what’s hip in food, entertainment, fashion, technology and more because, ultimately, these trends will impact our parties. For instance, last year’s #1 restaurant trend, as predicted by Andrew Freeman & Co, was pies … as in the next “in” item to replace cupcakes. Sure enough, pies, including fruit pies, mini pies, pies-on-a-stick and, even whoopie pies, were served in abundance at birthday parties, wedding receptions and fundraising galas!
Ready to party? In collaboration with a few local party professionals, I designed this no-fuss party plan for you.
When you’re setting the table next week, consider easy and affordable decorations like pumpkins and squash and incorporate brilliant hues of orange, red and yellow to create a stunning presentation.As you create your own Thanksgiving tablescape, consider these design ideas: