When hosting a party, you are the one who sets the tone. It is, therefore, crucial to keeping yourself relaxed as you welcome guests and lead them to their seats. Should you feel anguish creeping in, this could be reflected on your face and so spread to the party’s attendees.
However, it can be difficult to keep a level head when hosting a party. Fortunately, numerous experienced party planners have shared their tips on preserving a pleasing ambiance.
Keep a record of to-dos
Event planner Camille Styles, who also edits a party blog, has told HGTV that she keeps – and continually updates – several lists while planning an event. These lists include a master to-do list citing each task that it is imperative to accomplish.
Other lists that Styles admit to using include a shopping list for gathering supplies and a guest list including different guests’ contact details and dietary restrictions.
Give your party a theme
If you do take up this advice, it would be worth doing so at an early stage, as it could affect many other aspects of your decision-making.
One idea suggested by Styles is a Mexican fiesta with margaritas served while a mariachi band plays. For a post-wedding party, a romantic theme can obviously be fitting – and to help you to cultivate this, you could consider chateau wedding venues such as the Château Bouffémont.
Send out specially tailored invites
While online invitations might suffice for your needs, you could alternatively find mailed, printed invitations more fitting if you are imbuing your event with a relatively traditional theme.
This approach could be especially suitable if you are cultivating a period theme. You could not only book our prestige venue, with classy features including crystal chandeliers and manicured French gardens, but also send out invitations visually reflecting the venue’s magnificent heritage.
Set up a table just for child guests
When adult guests are bringing their children along, there are particular needs of which you will need to take account. You could help to keep children enjoyably occupied if you cover a table with butcher paper and put coloured pencils on each seat; allowing the kids to unleash their creativity.
Keep in mind that, if you book the château for the event; you and the guests can exclusively use this venue throughout the slot. This will enable you to keep unruly children away from people outside the party.
Allow for sufficient food, drink and seating
At the fairytale venue, you can easily serve refined cuisine to the party’s guests. However, anticipating the necessary amount of food and drink for a party can be tricky. This is noted by Antonia Christianson, who runs Antonia Christianson Events and is quoted by Good Housekeeping.
Fortunately, even if you misjudge how much is needed, you could – if the party will be at Château Bouffémont – easily fetch more supplies from Paris; the centre of which is just 30km away.
You should also have enough seating “for at least 85% of your guests”, wedding designer Michelle Edgemont advises. She notes that this will initiate a pleasing conversation between guests – possibly even strangers – and allow those guests to sit while enjoying their food.
Don’t make the decor your own responsibility
Nonetheless, it would be wise to be selective about which venue you book for the party. In heeding this advice, you can ensure that providing pleasing interior decor is someone else’s task.
At the Château Bouffémont, there are many beautiful furnishings within our stone-built residence. Furthermore, if you want to take the party outside; you can use and enjoy the large grounds for as long as the event lasts.