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How to be the Host of Your Dreams

03.28.16

Hosting Tips

Back in January I attended a great workshop called The Art of Hosting.  When I vision THE perfect party, their event is what I see.  The brains behind the workshop, Carly and Natalie, hosted the perfect workshop to share some of their genius hosting tips with us.  It’s all in the details…

Make it personal: At the workshop Natalie and Carly had name cards waiting for us, and it immediately made me feel welcome and excited to be there.  Giving your guests a designated place to sit will make the event feel intimate and intentional.

How to be the Host of Your Dreams

A portion of the workshop was us (the attendees) giving brush letting a try.  Some people ended up being really good at it, me, not so much.  In this case Natalie suggested using a great, scripty font and then tracing over it in our handwriting.  A great tip for achieving the calligraphy look when your handwriting doesn’t cut it.

How to be the Host of Your Dreams

Food cards are also an idea for a thoughtful gesture.

How to be the Host of Your Dreams

Fresh flowers are a must.  This doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune though.  Go to your local florist or grocery store and pick up a couple bundles of florals as well as greenery.

How to be the Host of Your Dreams

And the real trick – this guy is an absolute MUST!!!

How to be the Host of Your Dreams

Chicken wire.  Mold it to fit in the top of the vase.

How to be the Host of Your Dreams

From there start with your greenery.

How to be the Host of Your Dreams

And the rest is history.  You honestly can’t overthink it.  Place the florals and then play around.  Carly is the queen of high style floral arrangements and she gave us a few tips for creating the look on our own.  She suggested arranging flowers and greenery at various heights and making the arrangements asymmetrical.

How to be the Host of Your Dreams

Cocktails are a huge factor to consider when hosting as well.

How to be the Host of Your Dreams The pros at Sourced Craft Cocktails suggested providing guests with two options for cocktails – one vodka cocktail and one bourbon/whiskey cocktail.  I think we sometimes think we have to serve EVERYTHING to please everyone, but this just isn’t true.  Focusing on two well-made mixed drinks is the way to go.

How to be the Host of Your Dreams

You should of course have non-alcoholic options as well.  Consider having one bottle of tonic, one bottle of club soda and extra limes on hand.  Mix a simple lemonade for a fun mock-tail.  Bottled water is also super easy and convenient for guests.

How to be the Host of Your Dreams

The floor plan should be carefully considered as a nice flow will make guests feel at ease and comfortable.  No one wants to stress over finding somewhere to sit or not being able to move due to overcrowding.

How to be the Host of Your Dreams

The table scape is the most fun aspect of a party (imo).  Society & Co. suggested starting with  neutral basics and then layering color and pattern.

How to be the Host of Your Dreams

How to be the Host of Your Dreams

How to be the Host of Your Dreams

Any other hosting tips we should all know about?

Photography: Kristen Kilpatrick | Calligraphy: Mint & Maple | Florals: Margot Blair Florals | Cocktails: Sourced Craft Cocktails | Venue: 111 East | Coffee: Lucky Lab Coffee |Vintage Furniture Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals | Society & Co.

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2 comments on “How to be the Host of Your Dreams”

  1. I adore those plates with the deer – know anything about them?

    I like dinner parties to be both indoors and outdoors (it makes it more fun that being stuck in the living room or kitchen mingling, and also helps to accommodate more people). If it’s warm (Texas heat!), I’ll turn on the misters on my patio. If it’s chilly, I’ll start a fire in the chiminea. 🙂

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