The Art of Party Hosting


Your Party Tip: Guests ask “What should I wear?”

As we enter the official "Entertaining Season", our guests will begin to find themselves bouncing from party to party, some casual and some more dressy, and the two most common questions we receive as hosts are "What should I bring?" and "What should I wear?" The former we discussed last week, now we will discuss [...]

Your Party Tip: Guests ask “What can I bring?”

There are two questions that we as hosts receive when a guest accepts an RSVP: "What can I bring?" and "What should I wear?" Let's talk about the first question today! But first, let's talk about psychology. WHAT? Yes, psychology plays a huge part in entertaining, as the best hosts realize. There are a lot [...]

Your Party Tip: Costumes for the Costume-Reluctant

With Halloween entertaining (or any party with a theme, for that matter), we will always have a few reluctant people on our guest list - those reluctant to get dressed up. Some feel foolish doing so, but they attend the party anyhow. There are others who aren't sure what to wear, and when they arrive [...]

Your Party Tip: Happy Halloween! (and a discount code for you!)

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Your QUICK Party Tip: Flowers in season for Fall Entertaining

Flowers are the prettiest and easiest way to decorate for your event or party, but they can be expensive! Shop the flowers that are in season and add a bit of classy decor to your autumn party, regardless of the theme or reason! Lily Calla Lily (my personal favourite!) Dahlias Gerbera (get it in orange [...]

Your QUICK Party Tip: Security

Regardless of whether your party is in your home or at a venue, if your guests must park out of sight, have someone walk them to their vehicles at the end of the evening.

Party Tip: Hosts – Keep your cool! (And your guests’ cool too)

One of the trickiest parts of entertaining in the cooler months is maintaining the temperature of your home or venue to keep everyone comfortable. As the weather turns, we begin dressing lighter, so your guests will come dressed slightly on the warm side to begin with. As we prepare for our party, we keep the [...]

Party Tip: Hosts – Give Your DD a Break!

After two pregnancies, I can tell you that it's not always a compliment to be named the DD for the evening. Seriously, I was so tired of hearing "Oh, Leigh's pregnant, she can drive everyone home!" that I wanted to go on a kicking spree and blame the pregnancy hormones for my insanity. While some [...]

Party Tip: Hosts – This One Tip Allows All Guests To Get A Bit Cheesy!

These days, being a party host can be tricky, especially with all of the food preferences, allergies and intolerances people face these days! I was recently at a dinner party where there was a LOT of cheese. Bacon-wrapped jalapeno cream cheese appetizers (ooh!), gouda on toothpicks with pita crackers (ooooooh!) and the most delicious dip [...]

Party Tip: Hosts – Selecting a Party Soundtrack the Easy Way

One of the best resources I have found as a party host are free online music streaming websites. I find them invaluable for easily curating a soundtrack for a party, regardless of the theme or purpose. My favourite is Songza, which I access from my iPhone and throw on my doc for flawless surround-sound (but [...]