April 1, 2008

Party Planning 101: Lesson I

In my experience, both as a wedding/event planner and personally, is that not everyone out there knows what it takes to plan a party. I mean, yes anyone can throw a bag of chips in a bowl and put a movie in for their friends to watch, but no, not everyone truly knows what it takes to throw a one-of-a-kind special event. Over the course of this blog I hope to give tips and tricks for party pros and the party challenged. So lets begin.

Lesson 1: Choosing the theme.
Some people here the word theme and all they can see are balloons and matching streamers and cake. That is okay - if you're three. If you're not three and you are actually a grown up choosing a theme is much richer than choosing a color. It is about choosing the feel of your event and then choosing colors, food, decor, and lighting to carry out that vision.

The theme should be chosen based upon the type of party you are hosting, the time of year, time of day, and who the party is for. If you are hosting a birthday party think outside the box! What does the person like? Once I saw a birthday party with a Breakfast at Tiffany's theme. They had the birthday girl dress in a black dress like Audry and used a sleek downtown restaurant as the location.

As I was searching online for some great resources for party themes I came across Social Couture {http://www.socialcouture.com/}. Not only does this website have a great library of different party themes but they also have the resources that can be purchased to make the event happen. Their party kits aren't balloons and paper cups either - they are really cool! Here are some of the event themes that are featured on their website:

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