Set the Perfect Party Scene

Make your party the place to be by creating an ambient environment. These tips are a simple way to make it happen.

Dress the Guests

Guests themselves can become decorations when you festoon them with Mardi Gras beads, cowboy hats for a barbecue, or leis for a Hawaiian luau.

Go on a Scavenger Hunt

Start your decorations search at home. Ransack your closets and cupboards. Wicker baskets can be filled with paper plates, napkins, and utensils for a buffet. Don’t be afraid to get creative and find new uses for Christmas balls, or interesting kitchen accessories. For instance, use a clear vase filled with colourful glass ornaments as a centerpiece.

Stimulate the Senses

Create ambience by filling your home with candles, soft music, and flowers.

Celebrate the Seasons

Greet your guests by placing seasonal props such as pinecones, pussy willows, or sunflowers on your front porch.

Do Up the Cake

Buy or decorate the cake to match the occasion. For example, try a ship for a bon-voyage party.

Administer Aromatherapy

Add fragrance to your party by dabbing aromatic oil on light bulbs, burning incense, or filling the room with scented candles.

Use Stealthy Seating Methods

If you don’t have enough seating, use throw pillows on the floor; bring outdoor furniture inside, or vice versa. Sitting down encourages a relaxed and luxurious mood.

Play the Name Game

Greet guests as they arrive and introduce each person to at least one other guest. That way it will be easier for you guests to break the ice, and feel comfortable.

Put on a Show

Treat your guests to a slideshow, a board game, a scavenger hunt, or a few card games. Whether you provide the entertainment, or get the guests involved in an interactive activity, adding a little structure to the evening can make it stand out.

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