How to Be the Hostess With the Mostest

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It may still be sunny outside, but days are getting shorter and nights are getting cooler, which means the holidays are upon us! The three-month stretch between October and December is my actual fave, with each month serving as an excuse to celebrate and gather with loved ones.

As an October baby, I’ve been known to have the occasional birthday/Halloween costume parties. For my Golden Birthday three years ago, I hosted a Harlem Renaissance-party to celebrate the last year of my 20s. 

Truth be told, I wanted to throw a Great Gatsby-inspired party, but everyone and their mom had done that (seriously, Kris Jenner had a Gatsby party back in 2013 when I first had this idea). So, Harlem Renaissance it was and everyone had a great time nonetheless.

Every winter, my husband and I host a holiday party. Last year, it doubled as the housewarming party for the condo we’d bought that summer. Can you tell I love a good theme? WIth Halloween, Thanksgiving and [insert your favorite winter holiday here] around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about parties.

Pick a theme

There are few things I love more than a themed-party. For starters, it sets the tone for your gathering and helps your guests plan their attire accordingly. Plus themes make everything more fun (and challenging, but in a good way), in my opinion.

Send an invite

My go-to for sending invitations is Paperless Post. Not only are there a ton of free options, but you can splurge a little more if you’re in the mood for something special. There’s an invitation for every type of celebration and their new Flyers option lets you send casual invites complete with GIFs for that last-minute or informal meet-up. Plus, you can easily track RSVPs on the go and send reminders in the app.

Set the menu

I’m a big fan of finger foods, or ones that can easily be eaten with a toothpick (such as pigs-in-a-blanket, mini quiche, sweet and sour meatballs, etc.). Not only does this save on cutlery, but these items tend to be on the cheaper side, too. 

Delegate, delegate, delegate

For just about every party I throw, I have a trusty crew of BFFs who help me with set up and break down. I truly don’t know what I’d do without them. There’s no rule saying you have to do it all on your own. Enlist your crew for an extra set of hands -- just be sure to return the favor and demonstrate your gratitude with a handwritten note and their favorite beverage.

Relax & enjoy your party!

The big day is here. The food has all been prepped and the playlist has been set (thanks, Spotify!). You’re ready to go. Just remember something will inevitably go wrong, but that doesn’t mean it has to ruin your party. Roll with the punches, have a good time and I guarantee your guests will, too!

(FYI, this is a sponsored post, which means I received compensation for this review, but opinions are my own!)