Secrets from a Party Planner: Tips to Have a Stress-Free Party

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.

living room area

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.

dining room area

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.

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  • Chloe

    Hi, these are helpful tips thank you. I like the idea of aiming the tables for children if they will be attending I’ve never thought of that before #TriumphantTales

    February 27, 2018 at 3:08 am Reply
    • admin

      Kids can be a handful, therefore; we have to invent ways to entertain and keep them from making a mess.

      February 27, 2018 at 10:03 am Reply
  • Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies

    Great advice here thanks! I’m helping my daughter plan her wedding at the moment. It’s super fun but at times it can be so frustrating when things take so much longer than you plan in for. We are getting there now tho! x

    February 27, 2018 at 3:40 am Reply
    • admin

      Hi! Thanks for your comment. We share a lot of wedding post on this blog. If you search the wedding tab you might find some great ideas or click here. Congrats to you and your daughter. I wish her a happy marriage.

      February 27, 2018 at 10:00 am Reply
  • Lauren

    Great idea – planning is so stressful. Kids table sounds a great idea.

    March 2, 2018 at 5:42 am Reply
  • Jaki

    Great tips. Thanks for sharing with #TriumphantTales, please do come back on Tuesday to celebrate our 1st Birthday, we have a surprise in store!

    March 4, 2018 at 2:22 pm Reply
  • Emma | Health Grinder

    I’ve got to hand it to moms who plan parties. I remember doing one for my kid and giving up after that. Thankfully, my friend is a pro at it, so I hire her every year to plan kiddie birthdays.

    March 5, 2018 at 10:16 pm Reply
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