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Plan Ahead Your personal attention to details will make the difference. Our planning skills will allow plenty of
time to prepare for your party. We will help with your list so you can shop smart. Things are very hectic when party-time approaches so try
to stay organized.
Invitations Written invites are a great idea. You can order fun and different invitations here. Use your personality but do not forget the basics like: dates, times, addresses, directions, contact information and deadlines. Tell your guests what you expect of them when they reply to your invitation. Let your guests know what kind of attire is appropriate. If you're planning a semi-formal gathering let them know. When you order invitations please use our affiliates.
Parking Try to make provisions for parking in advance. If you will be allowing guests to park on the lawn or in the back yard, let them know in your invitation. Ask your neighbors about parking options or invite them as guests and assistant host. They can help welcome your guest with additional parking options on the street. If you're attending a party why not arrive in style? We will rent your limo for you.
Guest Books Providing a guest book can be much fun and help make the party memorable. Do not be afraid to put out a guest book and invite your guest to sign-in as they arrive.
Atmosphere Create a festive party atmosphere with decorations, scents and music. Use scented candles or simmer a pot of water with cinnamon and citrus fruit to fill the house with a delightful aroma. Choose your favorite music and have it playing softly in the background when guests arrive. Consider unplugging or removing your television for home entertainment. Television can spoil the interaction of your guests. Music will set the tone for conversations.
Music is an important element of most parties. If pre-recorded music is to be used, consider the musical preferences of your guests. Have a variety of music available. Music helps set mood, so use with discretion. Find a tremendous assortment of music on sale including free music CDs, by visiting the on line options. The best music web sites selling CD’s, cassettes, and DVD's may be found there.
Lighting Candles are my lighting choice for intimate dinners. I have used candles successfully at larger events when well placed. Creative lighting will contribute much to the atmosphere. Try replacing some bulbs with colored lamps or low wattage bulbs. Strobe lights and black lamps can add to the fun.
Seating Consider removing all the chairs from the party area. This will create more room for people to mingle. Also, consider the sizes of your guest. You would like for everyone to be comfortable.
Plan Hors D'oeuvres Plan your snacks carefully according to your chosen attire. When you choose foods that complement each other and your dress code you will be assured success. Try setting a theme for the food in each room or on each table. Allow four to six hot hors d'oeurves per person. Don't serve gooey, drippy sauces near expensive rugs or furniture and keep the guest in mind. Keep some carpet cleaner on hand, if an accident happens.
Party Extras A scented candle in the bathroom is a nice touch. Leave an extra roll of toilet tissue in easy view. Be sure to have a plenty of hot coffee and snacks on hand for late in the evening. After Party Coffee and snacks will help prepares a few eligible people for the roads while you clean up.
Accidents are part of life. Do not let an accident or spill ruin the party. Have some spot remover on hand if something happens. You may want to remove extremely valuable items and/or furnishings. Move that rare Persian carpet to a safe place until the party is over.
Gifts It's always a good idea to bring a small gift to the parties even if the host instructs you not to in the invitation. Bring along a bottle of wine, some flowers, or chocolates to show your appreciation.
Relax to the max! Encourage your guests to enjoy themselves. You have planned to have the good food, good cheer and good friends you can not miss! Party hearty and have the fun. Make room for guests who have had too much to eat or drink. Do not let a guest who over drinks drive, it could save a life and it could save YOU from a lawsuit. As the host, you are responsible for the safety of your guests.
The Law can be informed before your festivities. When the local enforcement agency is aware of the event they can advise. If the police is called for any reason be courteous. They may have been called to your party by an irate or concerned neighbor (who may not have been invited!). Try to answer the concerns of the police officer outside your front door. Stay calm and respond to reasonable requests ("keep the noise down, move vehicles that may be blocking the roadway, etc.") If you are intoxicated, do not attempt to negotiate with the police, send your spouse or trusted friend to the door, an intoxicated host gives the police a valid reason for concern (and possibly farther action). Lesson #1 never get out of control, especially at your own party!
Planning Your Attire
Morning wedding & events - light colors
Evening Wedding & events - darker colors
Garden Party - festive & creative
Cocktail party - fancy & after five
Semi Formal - suggested formal (not required)
Black tie (optional) - dressy / fancy
Black tie- formal (black tuxedo)
White tie - exclusive (Black tails - white tie & vest)
Ladies - Please determine what
your escort is wearing. The location of the event should be considered and the time of day. When you are unsure about the
event it is best to contact the host or sponsor for guidance.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am
with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy GOD; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with
the right hand of my righteousness.
Party Eloquence shares
"At The Dinner Table"
Give yourself permission to win at the table. You can master your eating skills with a few valuable tips. Practice at home and you will feel more comfortable when you are out.
Foremost, collecting exactly what is yours:
1) Your plate is in the center.
2) Knives and spoons are on your right, and forks and your napkin
on the left.
3) Liquids (e.g., your water) go to your right, and solids (e.g., bread plate) go on your left.
Eat it with delight. Table manners play an
important part in making a favorable impression. They are visible signals of the state of our manners and therefore
are essential to professional success. Regardless of whether we are having lunch with an important prospective or dinner with a business associate, our manners can speak volumes about us as professionals.
Napkin Use The meal begins
when the host unfolds his or her napkin. This is your signal to do the same. Place your napkin on your lap, completely unfolded if it is a small luncheon napkin or in half, lengthwise, if it is a large dinner napkin. Typically, you want to put your napkin on your lap soon after sitting down at the table (but follow your host's lead). The napkin remains on your lap throughout the entire meal and should be used to gently blot your mouth when needed. Once the meal is over, you too should place your napkin neatly on the table to the right of your dinner plate. (Do not refold your napkin, but don't wad it up, either.)
Ordering If, after looking over the menu, there are items you are uncertain about, ask your server any questions you may have. Answering your questions is part of the server's job. It is better to find out before you order that a dish is prepared with something you do not like or are allergic to than to spend the entire meal picking tentatively at your food.
The Benefactor will generally
suggest that your order be taken first; his or her order will be taken last. Sometimes, however, the server will decide how
the ordering will proceed. Often, women's orders are taken before men's.
As a guest, you should
not order one of the most expensive items on the menu or more than two courses unless your host indicates that it is all right.
If the host says, "I'm going to try this delicious sounding cheesecake; why don't you try dessert too," or "The prime rib
is the specialty here; I think you'd enjoy it," then it is all right to order that item if you would like.
"Reading" the Table Setting Should you be attending a formal dinner or banquet with pre-set
place settings, it is possible to gain clues about what may be served by "reading" the place setting. Start by drawing an
imaginary line through the center of the serving plate (the plate will be placed in the center of your dining space). To the
right of this imaginary line all of the following will be placed; glassware, cup and saucer, knives, and spoons, as well as
a seafood fork if the meal includes seafood.
It is important to place the glassware or cup back in the same position after
its use in order to maintain the visual presence of the table. To the left of this imaginary line all of the following will
be placed; bread and butter plate (including small butter knife placed horizontally across the top of the plate), salad plate,
napkin, and forks. Remembering the rule of "liquids on your right" and "solids on your left" will help in allowing you to
quickly become familiar with the place setting.
Use of Silverware Choosing the correct silverware from the variety in front of you is not as difficult as it may first appear. Starting with the knife, fork, or spoon that is farthest from your plate, work your way in, using one utensil for each course. If you remember the rule to work from the outside in, you'll be fine. There are two ways to use a knife and fork to cut and eat your food. They are the American style and the European or Continental style. Either style is considered appropriate. In the American style, one cuts the food by holding the knife in the right hand and the fork in the left hand with the fork tines piercing the food to secure it on the plate.
Change your fork from your left to your right hand to eat, fork tines facing up. (If you are left-handed, keep your fork in your left hand, tines facing up.) The European or Continental style is the same as the American style in that you cut your meat by holding your knife in your right hand while securing your food with your fork in your left hand. The difference is your fork remains in your left hand, tines facing down, and the knife in your right hand.
When You Have Finished Do not push your plate away from you when you have finished eating. Leave your plate where it is in the place setting. The common way to show that you have finished your meal is to lay your fork and knife diagonally across your plate. Place your knife and fork side by side, with the sharp side of the knife blade facing inward and the fork, tines down, to the left of the knife. The knife and fork should be placed as if they are pointing to the numbers 10 and 4 on a clock face. Make sure they are placed in such a way that they do not slide off the plate as it is being removed. Do not leave a used spoon in a cup, place it on the saucer. You can leave a soup spoon in a soup plate. Any unused silverware is left on the table.
We hope this information has been helpful.