4 Tips for Hosting a Theme Costume Party

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.

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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.

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 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!

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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 ...

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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

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