Two Itty Bitties
Besides having the cutest brand on earth, the ladies over at Itty Bitty Party Committee are two savvy little party planners. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve been sitting around with friends and offered to plan an event and then later (maybe after the wine wears off) you think to yourself, “What was I thinking?!” Well, luckily Caron and Kathleen are here with a few great tips. Make sure to check out the IBPC gals on Twitter and Facebook for more fun!
10 Tips for Hosting a Magical Holiday Shindig!
1. Always keep a play list on your iPod filled with holiday songs and tunes – it saves you having to scramble to create one minutes before your party begins. Some of our favorites include: “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber, “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” by Michael Buble, “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms and “Santa Clause Is Coming To Town” by the Jackson 5.
2. Instead of using regular ol’ candles use battery-operated ones: they don’t leave wax drippings all of your nice table, a tipsy party guest can’t tip them right over and incite holiday panic. Plus, they’re easy to store and can be used again and again!
3. Want to liven up those vases filled with holiday arrangements? Add some oranges and/or cranberries to the bottom. It adds a fun pop of color to your setting and is very inexpensive.
4. Need an easy smell-good centerpiece? Grab some of those oranges we mentioned and add some sweet smelling cloves to the outside. If you’re feeling extremely crafty, have fun creating some festive and unique patterns in the oranges with the cloves (think spirals, circles or even a monogram)! Feeling super crafty?? You can shave off some of the orange peel to increase the creativeness of your designs. Display in an open bowl and let guests marvel at your creativeness. Don’t forget to pop a couple into the powder room, too!
5. Often time a hostess can get frazzled because she’s trying to tidy her home, design a gorgeous table and cook all at the same time. Whoa! Don’t let those last minute details sneak up on you – bake the night (or week) ahead and freeze your dishes. Then the day of the party, just heat and serve! Or, if you have a group of friends who keep asking, “how can we help?” offer to let them come early and tend to the kitchen while you tend to setting up your party!
6. Don’t be afraid to break away from the red and green color scheme! We’re seeing more and more unique and inspiring holiday color palettes emerge. Some favorites we’ve seen include: champagne, nude and blush pink. Or the metallic family of gold, silver and copper. Incorporate your color scheme into table settings, invites and decorations around your home!
7. Feel like you’ve got more decorations than you know what to do with? Turn them into seating cards! Attach name cards to pine cones (available at any grocery store), candy canes, old ornaments that don’t fit on the tree this year. Get creative! Guests love a personalized touch when they attend any event. Not having a seated affair? No worries – you can also use this tip to create name cards of the dishes you’re serving or for a drink station.
8. Forgive us for sounding old school, but this little party trick has come in handy. Don’t be afraid to lay out a guest book for your holiday party guests. Why? It sure helps when you’re trying to wrangle up those addresses for Thank You notes and future holiday cards. Don’t be afraid to have some fun with it, too. Add a line that asks attendees their #1 Christmas Wish or top New Year’s resolution. These little gems can come in handy for conversation starters.
9. Want to go green this holiday season? Create some fun festive tubs (we placed signs over some unused plastic storage bins) and ask guests to recycle their glass bottles or aluminum cans when they’re empty. We created signs that said: Karma Points Towards 2012, What I’m Giving Up For New Years and Number Of My Christmas Wishes Coming True. Guests got a good laugh. When the party was over we were able to swing by the recycling center and drop off all bins and do our little extra part for Mother Earth this holiday. Also, if you live in a cash-back state like California, some centers will pay you for glass and aluminum. And what’s better than a little extra holiday cash?
10. Create a little card that lists one or two of your local cab companies and place it by the door. Encouraging guests who may have had just one too many eggnogs to take a cab keeps everyone safe this holiday season!
The Itty Bitty Party Committee wishes Donna and her amazing followers a very Happy Holiday Season! -Carson & Kathleen