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.


Rock Those Summer Beats

We believe that music is a major component to every event but it’s never more so than when summer hits and it’s time to get out and play in the sun. In order to help you create a summer playlist for all your fun summer activities we have searched the web and found some great playlists for you to start with, tweak and then make your own:

NME, Billboard, 8 Tracks, Playlists, Coldwell Banker, and H&M Ultimate Summer on Spotify

And just because we want to add a few suggestions of our own:
• Lovely Day – Bill Withers
• Summertime – Will Smith
• Summer Girls – LFO
• Cruel Summer – Bananarama
• Hot in here – Nelly
• Blurred line – Robin Thicke
• Summer – Calvin Harris
• Happy – Pharrell
• California Soul – Marlena Shaw
• California Girl – Katy Perry
• Live Your Life – Yuna
• Icarus – Madeon
• Summer Time – DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince
• Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
• Bonita Applebum – A Tribe Called Quest
• Summer in the City – The Lovin’ Spoonful
• Cruel Summer – Bananarama
• Hindou – El Guincho
• The Wave – Miike Snow
• Let’s Go – Calvin Harris
• The Night Out – Martin Solveig
• Regulate – Warren G
• Hot In Herre – Nelly

Make plans for the Summer!

Plan a Playful Summer!

Summer is simply fantastic in the Northwest. The skies are blue, the sun is warm, and the landscape is covered in emerald greens and colorful arrays of flowers. The mountain tops still have snow glistening in the sunlight. The water calls to everyone to come and play. It’s as I said, “a glorious place to live when its summer season.” Everywhere you look you can see people outside taking advantage of the weather, and soaking up as much vitamin D as they can.  

I’ve discovered that I have an un-written list of things I always want to do in the summer. For the first time I wrote it down and thought I would share it in the hopes to get some ideas generating in your mind for fun things to do during the summer too. Such as:

  • Walks along Birch Bay, or Deception Pass
  • At least one evening around a campfire 
  • Relaxing in a hot tub 
  • A BBQ with family and friends 
  • Set out fresh cut flowers in my house every week 
  • To go swimming somewhere besides a pool 
  • An afternoon boat ride
  • Exploring a state park I haven’t been to  
  • A winery tour in Eastern Washington
  • A food tour through Seattle 
  • A day at Pike’s Place Market 
  • A bicycle ride in the sunshine 
  • Attend a Fair 
  • Attend an outdoor concert 
  • Attend a street fair  
  • Eat some fresh roasted corn on the cob 
  • Read a book in the park 

I am sure you can come up with a list of things way more exciting than me….We’d love to hear your thoughts. Maybe it’s something we will want to add to our to-do list too!

One Summer Night

One Summer Night… hosted the perfect summer picnic. The  BBQ rocked (no one needs to know it was inexpensive) and the DJ had everyone jamming. People played old fashioned games like tug-of-rope, egg toss, water balloon toss, and sack races too. It was an event to remember and every perfect detail came from your imagination and was put it into action by a professional event planner. 

That is the biggest secret to your party success. You didn’t tell your neighbor, you didn’t tellyour best friend but you discovered that working with an event planner meant you could get creative on a budget. The best part of working with an event planner is that they help you with everything from your son’s birthday party to your parent’s anniversary and that high end dinner party your husband decide to throw for the executives at his firm.  You give them the end results you are expecting and a budget and they come up with an event that makes you look like a star hostess. The more you wok with them the better they learn your personal style. It is a partnership made in heaven!