Party Tips from House Beautiful

As we were perusing the new House Beautiful (which is SUCH a good issue) we came across these party tips.  With the holidays (a.k.a. parties galore) right around the corner, we thought these "Do's and Don'ts" were just too good not to share!  Here are a few of our favorites! 

Go grab the November issue of House Beautiful to see all 101 tips!

99.  Don't be afraid to set up a dinner table in an unconventional or not-the-usual spot for a more interesting dinner or lunch---in the library among the books, out on a porch.  -Gil Schafer, Architect/Designer

51. Have beverages visible from the moment guests step in the door.  -Matt and Ted Lee, Chefs/Cookbook Authors

35.  Seat guests next to someone they know and someone they'd enjoy meeting.  -Alex Papachristidis, Designer

85.  You can never have too many white plates, platters, and bowls.  -Cheryl Katz, Designer

57. Don't be afraid to use your finest china, silverware, and crystal pieces outdoors.  It can make a casual event a bit more special.  -Ty Burks, Designer

 

8.  Don't come to a party empty-handed.  -Jayne Michaels, Designer

86.  Serve an amazing dessert.  Even the worst main course will be forgotten if it's followed by a spectacular dessert.  Extra points for making it yourself.  -Michael Devine, Shop Owner/Textile Designer

22.  Never, never, never run out of ice.  -Bryan Batt, Actor/Shop Owner

94.  Don't move people around too much.  If you move people off the dining table it can be sort of a cue to leave and can break up the conversations.  -Michael S. Smith, Designer

49.  No colored candles! Only ivory and white.  -Jan Showers, Designer

1.  Create a music playlist that's ready to begin as soon as the doorbell rings and doesn't end until the last guest departs.  -Colin Cowie, Event Planner

55.  Never use paper napkins. -Judi Roman, Shop owner

28.  You should always have a cold bottle of bubbly stashed in your refrigerator in case friends drop by, and a bottle of something sparkly for nondrinkers.  -Christopher Hirsheimer, Co-founder, Canal House Cooking

97.  Don't set the table with a single pattern of china or silver, as though you just unearthed your bridal registry.  Mix it up, get creative.  -Eddie Ross, eddieross.com

68.  Stick your candles in the freezer for a couple of days prior to using them.  The freezing will eliminate most of the messy dripped wax all over your furniture.  -David Stark, Furniture/Textile Designer

9.  Don't try a new recipe at a party.  -Tricia Foley, Designer/Author

October 27, 2010 by SummerHouse
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