The Hostess with the Mostess

Summer season is often the busiest time of year for people to host parties and get-togethers. The weather is beautiful and people want to spend time with friends and family. It’s a time to celebrate and create great memories that will last a lifetime. So, what happens if you do not feel comfortable hosting a party but you want to have a gathering?

Well, we have a few tips for you on how to be the “Hostess with the Mostess”. There are a few simple things to think about when planning a party that will make things go smoother and easier for you.

Step One: Give yourself plenty of time to organize the event. We often underestimate the amount of work it takes to throw a “simple” party together. Not giving yourself enough time puts stress on you right from the start that is not needed. Give yourself more time that you think you need. Seriously!

Step Two: We like to think we are Superman/woman but the truth is we can only do so much and a big mistake in party planning that people make is not asking for help. We often have a bigger support network than we think we do and people really don’t mind being asked to assist when asked. Especially when they get to participate in the fun afterwards.

Step Three: Food can make or break a party. You can do everything else right but if the food is bad or mediocre its all your guests will talk about so keep your food choices simple. Parties are not the time to try out new recipes. Stick with favorites that are tried and true and easy to make. Better yet, find recipes that you can make ahead so you have less to do the day of the event.

Step Four: Set the tone for your party before your guests arrive. Turn on music that creates the environment that you want. Light those scented candles that invoke smells you want to linger in guests mind. Post a little sign by the door if you want guests to take off their shoes. Open the patio door if you want guests to head out to your backyard. All these little things will set the tone and you will relax knowing that the feel for your party is set and ready to roll.

Step Five: Once the party starts – relax. People do not expect you to be perfect and in fact, relax more if they feel like you are just like everyone else. Watch the flow of the party and the guests. Keep conversation going, make sure people’s glasses are full and that they have eaten enough.

Step Six: Relax and enjoy your own party. The whole point of having people over is to enjoy their company. To have good conversations and make memories. You don’t want to be so busy “hosting” that you don’t even enjoy your own get-together.

Step Seven: Say Thank You! It only takes a minute in our day of technology to drop a quick thank you for attending. Choose your most convenient way of contacting people but be sure to say thank you. Especially to the friends that helped you out or stayed late to help you clean up.

With a little bit of pre-planning and learning how to keep it simple you can have a great party. You may even decide that you are quite good at hosting parties. Before you know it, you might be “THE” hostess of all your friends.


Mini isn’t so mini sometimes

Over the course of our careers as event planners we have come across several clients that want to throw a “big” party on a limited budget. To be realistic sometimes it just isn’t possible but there are times when you can give your guests the impression of  big quantities even on a limited budget.  Design a food buffet that creates a visual feast for your guests and gives them the subliminal idea of abundance. How can you do that, you ask? Here are some simple tips:

  • Use mini loaf pans and mini muffin tins, for your baked goods. A lot of bite sized items looks appealing.
  • Use lots of small colorful bowls. Fill them with dips, chips, veggies,  and candies. The more the better your buffet will look.
  • Use salad plates for slices of meats and cheeses or bite sized appetizers.
  • Make a punch and serve it in small pitchers with juice glasses.
  • Finish the look off with lots of small jars or glasses filled with candles  and flowers to complete the “mini” theme.

Guests will see a full table which will translate visually to a feast in their minds. When everything being offered to the guests is small in size guests will think it is your theme.  People won’t be wondering if you were trying to make things stretch on a tight budget. The thing to remember is that any scenario, any obstacle you see to being able to throw a party can be addressed with a little creativity.

Make and Take

Presented by PEC, Make & Takes is a complete “Creativity on the Go” provider.

Looking for a fun and unique activity to add to your next event? Make & Takes provides craft projects to fit any style of event and entertain any age group. Event guests get to experience hands on projects that stimulate the imagination and brings out their creativity.  Each guest gets the opportunity to Make their own event memorabilia and Take it home with them.

Make & Take Packages includes:

* Delivery & Set Up

*  All required supplies

* Onsite Facilitators to walk the creatively challenged guests through the project step by step.

*  Clean up

Need Inspiration for what types of events Make & Takes is perfect for?


* Children’s Activities

*  Holiday Events

*  Seasonal Events

*  Corporate Functions

*  Morale Events

*  Meetings

*  Celebrations

*  Baby Showers

*  Home Parties

*  Girls Nights

*  Birthday Parties

*  Weddings

*  Bachelorette Parties

*  Anniversaries

*  Bridal Showers

*  Picnics

*  Luncheons

*  House Warming’s

*  Bar Mitzvahs / Bat Mitzvahs

*  Grad Nights

*  High School Events

*  Fundraisers

*  Other parties that require fun!

Artistic Projects by Make & Takes:


*  Children’s Craft Stations

*  Decorative Photo Frames

*  Home Décor (Great for house warming’s!!)

*  Cards

*  Goody Bags (Great for Seasonal events!)

*  Scrapbooks (Great for baby showers!)

*  Masquerade Masks

*  Corporate Portfolios

*  Wine Glass Charms

*  Wine Glass Painting

*  Pottery Painting

*  Beading

*  Painted Pots & Flowers

*  Jewelry

*  Mothers Day Presents (From the kiddies)

* Party Hats

*  Candle Making

*  Soap Making

*  Custom Scent Blending