Here on Dean Street we love a themed costume party! Many of you have asked for tips on how to throw your own & I'm happy to oblige as I am neither uber-crafty, nor are our parties terribly expensive. I'm well aware there are more breathtaking parties out there, but with only a few days of prep, a few hundred dollars, & even lacking the DIY-gene, I'm confident any of you can pull off a fun soiree like this for your friends.
1. Decorate with clusters of small details. In this case we used historical books, vintage record covers & presidential letterhead on our coffee tables & window sills. We also added in elements like a globe, crown, vintage camera & antique candle holders that simply conveyed an essence of worldliness & eras gone by.
2. Deck your walls. I try to get decor as high as possible, as it makes the room feel expansive & festive head to toe. For this party we bought large 4th of July fabric banners for $5 each from a prop store, created a wall collage with antiqued historial documents plus Presidential portraits from the teacher store, & draped 3 types of garlands. The garlands were created from doilies, wrapping paper & tissue paper, making 3 distinct shapes & patterns.
3. Get authentic with your food & drink. We research the era or theme of our parties & make sure we serve things we can tag with little notes about the history. You can always throw a bowl of chips & salsa in just because, so this doesn't have to limit your serving options, but it helps you think outside the box & means there's something different at every party. In this case I don't think we'd considered jellybeans or macaroons before!
4. Put on good music & invite fun people. No matter how darling you've decked out your abode, it's really the people that make a night fun. Our friends were SO creative in their costumes, lots brought new friends we hadn't met before & we talked late into the night until we had to take our heels off. Till the next one ...
So what are your party planning tips? Share them in the comments below as I'm always looking for ideas on how to be a better hostess with the mostess!
with grace & gumption, Hilary