Three Tips for Throwing a Stress Free Dinner Party

I love a good dinner party — it’s the perfect way to bring friends and family together, blow off some creative steam, and try out that new DIY or recipe you’ve been working on. Now I get it, dinner parties can be overwhelming and pretty stressful — but I’m here to give you three simple rules to live by that will make entertaining a cinch.

Rule 1: Let a Theme/Vibe Be Your North Star

It’s easy to get carried away with ideas and directions, especially after diving deep into the world of Pinterest while binge-ing onTop Chef. The easiest way to simplify is to nail down what kind of vibe you’re going for — whether that be easy-going, formal, festive, or somewhere in between — once that’s settled everything else kind of falls into place. For me, I usually put together a few flower arrangements (pro tip: hydrangeas are foolproof and always look effortlessly chic) and maybe a few fun pops like a great bar set up with something unexpected, like a citrus or flower ice cube filled champagne bucket.

Rule 2: Keep It Simple

Don’t over-complicate things, there’s nothing worse than biting off more than you can chew and only realizing it right before everyone is about to arrive. Now that you have your theme/focus nailed down, you can start to build out what your menu and side sizzle (the wow-factor) looks like. For a relaxed party, I’ve found that grazable appetizers like a killer charcuterie board or smoked salmon bites and a house cocktail like a grapefruit gin fizz (I mean there’s no time like the present to bust out your Grandma’s vintage shaker – and that my friend, is the side sizzle) are the perfect pairing. Remember, things don’t have to be perfect or expensive to make it a night to remember.

Rule 3: At the End of the Day, It’s all About the People and the Memories

Don’t get too crazy, the whole point of a dinner party is getting some of your favorite people together to drink, laugh, and be merry. So if there’s one thing you take from all of this, let it be that as long as you have enough wine/cocktails/beer you’re golden.

Until next time.

Xx,

Molly

How To — Amp Up Your Next Summer Bash With These 4 Tips

When you think about Summer party decor, there are a few heavy hitters that come to mind — Chevrons, and pennants, and pom poms, oh my! — but that doesn’t mean that you have to take the trends so literally. Now don’t get me wrong, I love these festive additions as much as the next girl, but sometimes your party needs a breath of originality. So instead of jumping off this kitschy train completely, I think it’s time to take your favorite party decor to the next level.

Summer Party

  1. Neon and Succulents: These are by far two of my favorite things to pair — I swoon just thinking about the contrast between the girliness of the neon and the subdued nature of the succulents. With that in mind, why not use these little guys as an alternative to classic floral centerpieces.
  2. Creative Confetti: Confetti is a fun addition to any party, but you have to admit it’s a bit of a hassle to clean up. Well, consider clean up taken care of with these plantable confetti hearts — we would even encourage your guests to take a handful home to plant as a reminder of all the good times had!
  3. Refined Banners: Banners are a simple way to set the mood, so I wouldn’t drop this trend all together. Instead, why not swap out the uber-trendy chevron and pennant variety for a more laid-back and refined version — I’m loving the simplicity of the white card stock paired with gold lettering here.
  4. Simple Stamps: I’m a total sucker — err stickler — for good handwriting, which is why stamps are always the way to go for DIY signage, invites, etc. I’d suggest buying a set of individual letters (a-z) to use  for place cards, invites, and even party signage — they make the vibe all at once personal and perfect.

How To — Make Your Very Own Dazzling Centerpiece

A picture perfect centerpiece is literally as easy as 1, 2, 3.
A picture perfect centerpiece is literally as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Step 1: Map It OutI chose to use Martha Steward glitter in three shades of green. I love the idea of an ombre effect for the centerpiece. The first thing you will need to do is place the painters tape around the milk bottle to create a barrier. I like the idea of playing with heights for a more interesting display.
Step 1: Map It Out
I chose to use Martha Steward glitter in three shades of green. I love the idea of an ombre effect for the centerpiece. The first thing you will need to do is place the painters tape around the milk bottle to create a barrier. I like the idea of playing with heights for a more interesting display.
Step 2: Dip ItAfter you have decided on the height, it's time to cover the bottom half with a layer of glue. I used regular Elmer's glue, but any type will do. Once you have a generous layer it's time for the glitter!
Step 2: Dip It
After you have decided on the height, it’s time to cover the bottom half with a layer of glue. I used regular Elmer’s glue, but any type will do. Once you have a generous layer it’s time for the glitter!
Step 3: Repeat!Repeat steps 1 and 2 as many times as necessary to create your centerpiece. Now it's time for the hardest part — the waiting game.
Step 3: Repeat!
Repeat steps 1 and 2 as many times as necessary to create your centerpiece. Now it’s time for the hardest part — the waiting game.

Et Voila!
Et Voila!