Top Ten Party Planning Tips


Fair Warning – it’s all about parties here on the blog for about the next week or so!  We are in party mode at our house and I’m loving it.  Call me crazy but I love planning a party.

Last Tuesday I hosted a How to Plan a Party Party!  It was so fun to have a group of you, my blog readers, in my home. I just wish I had room for all of you.  We had a fun time together, learning, sharing and eating some yummy cupcakes.

Today I want to share with you some of the highlights of the class and some of my Top Party Planning Tips.  I am still working on putting together a virtual version of this class.  Hopefully more details to come soon!!

1.  Choose a Theme.

I love a good themed party.  I find it much easier to work with a theme.  You can find lots of fun themed party ideas on Pinterest or right here on the blog.  Just click on the Party category.  As you know I am planning a wedding party this summer.  I decided to go with a themed event and my inspiration was this lollipop and I am developing a whole carnival theme around it!

2.  Carry Your Theme Throughout the Party.

It is fun to use your theme not only in your decorations but also in your invitations, thank you notes etc.  Thanks to Snapfish I was able to easily and quickly create some fun Save the Date cards as well as stickers to use on the envelopes thank you notes, a mug and a picture poster!

There are so many ways to carry your theme throughout the party.  Water bottle labels, pennant banners, table decor(pinwheels), cupcake toppers,  and party hats.  Look at all this cute stuff Snapfish sent me with their logo on it!
You can even include the theme on your food – cupcake toppers!
3.  Lighting

I always like to incorporate lighting into my parties.  One of my favorite things to use is old jars with tea lights in them.  So easy but adds so much.  I also find candles at the Dollar Store that work great too.  Putting a candle in a pretty container can create magic at your party.  Install a dimmer switch on your dining room light fixture for instant ambiance!

4.  Let your food become part of your party/table decor.

Serving pretty food is a quick and easy way to add decor to your party.  I usually serve buffet style from a table or counter and the food becomes the decoration.  Especially when it is as pretty as these cupcakes that came from my local neighborhood bakery, Bliss.

5.  Label Your Food

Create signage for your food items.  Not only does it add decoration to your table but I like to know what I’m eating and it saves me a lot of question answering – What’s in this???  I have acquired quite a collection of table signage.  I have picked them up at Goodwill, The Dollar Store and eBay.

6.  Personalize it with Photos.

When I am hosting a party for a new bride or mother to be or a birthday party, I love to include photos of the guest of honor.  You can either ask them for some photos or I like to grab my own camera and go do a little mini photo shoot with them.  I had fun taking these photos of my neighbor’s new baby not too long ago.  I created a collage poster with them through Snapfish and also did some quick thank you notes for the new mother too.  I love to be able to send my guest of honor home with some personalized gifts.

I have a box with a collection of baby nursery decor that I have saved.  Every time I host a baby shower that box comes out and I have instant table decor.

7.  Just add flowers.

Flowers are an easy, easy way to spruce up any serving table or party.  They don’t have to be anything fancy.  I usually just grab a white glass pitcher or a canning jar to put my flowers in.  I cut these flowers out of my own back yard.

8.  Get your Guests involved.

One of my favorite ways to do that is by having them make their own food.  My recent Grilled Cheese Party was a fun way to do that.   You can so do it with your beverages and create your own Juice Bar.

Another fun way to get your guests involved is with a Photo Booth.  We did this at Tessa’s Sail Away Graduation Party and it was a huge hit.  It kept the kids busy all night.  The photo makes a fun momento of the party for all your guests too.

We had a fun little photo op at our party earlier this week too.

9.  Set up the Night Before

One of the guests at my How to Plan a Party Party said this was the best tip of the whole evening.  Whenever possible I always like to set up my serving table the night before.  I put out all the decor and all the serving pieces I am going to need.  All you have to do is add food and light the candles.  It really helps cut down on that last minute panic you sometimes feel with a party and you are assured that your table will be pretty too!!


10.  Have fun! 

That includes you!  Allowing yourself enough time to plan and execute the party is important.  Be sure to enjoy the party too – get yourself out of the kitchen and visit with your guests.  Be a guest at your own party.

I’ve got a lot more Party Tips to share so hopefully we will have a virtual class set up soon!

“This is a sponsored blog post. I have received compensation from Snapfish to throw this party and have also received free products to use for the party.”  




Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Julie Spady says

    Thanks again…I had so much fun. You are a fun hostess with so much energy and so many great ideas!!

  2. Anne Vingelen says

    Leigh Anne! I loved every minute of your party!! I am having the end of the year staff party at my house and I have already ordered things and planned my theme1 I’ve sent John to the Goodwill for a blackboard frame like you showed us!! I will send pics to you. Thank you again for being the wonderful hostess you are!!!

  3. says

    Thank you so much for inviting us all over and for hosting such a great party! I learned a lot and it was just great to be in a room of people with similar ideas! Sometimes when I lay out a big idea or a party theme, I get the “are you crazy!?” look! haha!

    It was such a fun night and I would love to attend any more “classes” that you teach!

  4. Dawn says

    This was really fun! I loved all of the cute ideas and it was especially helpful seeing samples. I never thought of using snapfish for anything except printing photos. The cupcakes were so yummy too! Thanks again for all of your preparation.

  5. tammy anderson says

    Hi Leigh Anne,
    What awesome party ideas. I’m throwing a bridal shower in a couple of weeks.
    I was just wondering also if you had any great recipes for gluten free desserts? Thanks. Hugs!

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