The Halloween is coming, and it’s time to par-tay! Here are 4 tips to a celebrity style party.
1. Create a guest list. This is great if you are strict about whom you want to be there. Consider your space and budget. Try not to invite more people than you can handle. If you only have enough space for 30 people, only invite 20. The reality is that someone who was invited is bound to bring someone that wasn’t invited (their friend, significant other, or children). You need enough space for these “surprise guests”.
2. Consider a theme. Decide the on the mood and theme you want your party to have. Purchase decorations that match the theme. If you’re looking for something formal and sophisticated, try white, black, or gold drapery and table cloths, and unscented candles. If you’re looking for something young, and hip, try more colorful decorations. For holidays, stick with colors that are usually associated with that day: Independence Day or New Year’s: red, white, and blue; Valentine’s Day: red, pink, and white; Christmas: red, green, silver, gold, and white; Easter: light pink, lime green, and baby blue. Always add an extra touch like a bowl of colored candies on the tables, candles, and dishes-all matching the party’s theme.
3. Create a menu. Include appetizers, entrées, drinks, and desserts. A great appetizer is bacon wrapped shrimp with lemon tartar sauce. Boil the shrimp separately from the bacon. You can either boil the bacon or cook it in the microwave. (Frying it will make t crispy, and impossible to wrap around the shrimp.) After it’s cooled, wrap the bacon around the shrimp, and secure it with a toothpick. For your dipping sauce, mix equal parts mayonnaise and sour cream. Add cubed sweet pickles, lemon juice, black pepper, sugar, and salt.
A great entrée is boneless grilled chicken with a side of vegetable salad with raspberry vinaigrette. For a simple drink, try citrus iced tea, which is lemon and lime juice added to tea. A great dessert will be a peach glazed cake. It’s a plain white cake with sliced canned peaches (with the juice) combined with peach preservatives, drizzled on top of each slice. (Associated Content writer Charlotte Kuchinsky writes great articles about food ideas. You may want to check them out.)
(Make sure you have virgin drinks for non-alcohol drinkers. And if you do serve alcohol, have a certain amount that you are going to serve each person. This is so they don’t over drink. You don’t want people to leave your party, and drive home drunk.)
4. Make gift bags. This is optional, but it’s always a good idea to give your guests a thank you gift. And it doesn’t have to contain expensive items. You can include things like candy, a DVD, trial sized bath and body, a scented candle, and of course, a thank you note. You don’t owe them anything. They came to your party and ate for free, so don’t feel obligated to give them something expensive. It’s all up to you. Just be creative and thoughtful.
Party on, rock star!
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