-- Whether you are using a simple or more elaborate theme, your invitation should be the first clue
. The invitation is also an opportunity to create excitement and anticipation
.Evite offers a large selection of invitations
for virtually every theme. If you do not see one you like, you can design your own. This may be the best option for basic themes, such as a color, where you simply use contrasting shades for the text and background. Outside Entrance
– Elevate your guests’ spirits as they arrive with decorations at the entrance to the party. Everyone has to get there, so your front entrance embellishment will be experienced by all your guests
, plus it will serve as a confirmation
that they are at the right place.A yard stake
can easily be placed outside
at the front entrance or along the walk
use a potted plant
outside the front door or in the party area.Colored mini-lights
will certainly be noticed and are great to reinforce a color theme. Also quite effective as an interior decoration.Door hangings
will literally be in each guest's face when hung on the front door
and are a great introduction to your party theme. Use a wreath hanger to avoid using nails, tacks, or glue. Foyer
– If you really want to go all out, add a more elaborate decoration inside the entrance in the foyer
. Because of the distractions upon arrival, a decoration in the foyer should be larger and/or prominently displayed to be seen.
You may want to create a mini-scene
that is related to the theme. For example, a surfboard, beach chair and beach ball for a beach theme or a tree and tombstones on grass surrounded by an "iron" fence for Halloween.Bar
– Practically every guest will visit the bar
, therefore this is a logical location for a key decoration
. A tabletop item along with a couple of votive candles
will be seen without taking up too much space. Also, sprinkle theme-related confetti
on the bar for an extra detail.Drinks
– Not only can you name your specialty drink according to your theme
, you may also choose a cocktail of a color related to your decorations
. And regardless of what your guests are drinking, you can dress it up with theme-related cocktail accessories
, such as, napkins, garnishes, toothpicks, swizzle sticks, and/or umbrellas
– With everyone packed into the party area, decorations are less likely to be noticed. For this reason, place party decorations at eye level or above
in the party area.
Use votive candle holders grouped and throughout the room
at a level of 6 feet. Also place a couple on the bar.Hors d'oeuvre trays
– Passing hors d'oeuvres adds a sophisticated touch and another opportunity to surprise your guest with a small, themed centerpiece on your serving tray
A unique decoration
passed with each tray will add interest
and show your originality
. Once the tray is passed you can strategically place the decoration in a high-visibility area.
If the centerpiece is unstable
or a little tall, use double-sided tabs
to stick the centerpiece to the tray. You will need to cut a hole the size and shape of the tab in the center of the doily first.
are nice and stable and make much cuter hors d'oeuvre tray centerpieces
than holding down another bunch of balloons.Bathroom
– The bathroom is likely to be visited by every guest
and is another primary spot to showcase your festive decorations
. A tabletop display, hand towels, confetti, and soap
to match your theme will certainly make a big impression
when they don't expect it.
Put floating candles in your bathtub
for an extra touch. Use a single flower
to reinforce a color theme.Dining table
– For a cocktail party, an accent such as a table runner
is effective to add color and festivity to the dining room. Generally the dining room is not a high traffic area during a cocktail party and the level of decorating should reflect the visibility of the table. Also, add candlesticks
to complete the setting.Confetti
-- Confetti used sparingly, in key locations
, adds an extra sparkle to decorated areas. Confetti should be used on the bar top
and in the bathroom
to accent these high visibility areas. Include in any thank you notes you may write afterward.Personal attire
-- Everyone will see the host
, so be sure to get others into the spirit by dressing and accessorizing your outfit
. Dress appropriate to the style of your party, for super casual wear a grass skirt and coconut bra to your luau, or dress it up with a tasteful floral dress and a hibiscus for you hair.
Note: The effort you put into "dressing the part" will
set the standard and directly impact the energy your guests will put into your future parties
. And, as always, apply your good taste.
-- Even if you are not using flowers, you can still fill your vases with colored rocks, marbles, candy, submersible LED lights, or colored water
. Top off with a unique floral spray to match.