As we were perusing the new House Beautiful (which is SUCH a good issue) we came across these party tips. With the holidays (a.k.a. parties galore) right around the corner, we thought these “Do’s and Don’ts” were just too good not to share! Here are a few of our favorites!
Go grab the November issue of House Beautiful to see all 101 tips!
99. Don’t be afraid to set up a dinner table in an unconventional or not-the-usual spot for a more interesting dinner or lunch—in the library among the books, out on a porch. -Gil Schafer, Architect/Designer
51. Have beverages visible from the moment guests step in the door. -Matt and Ted Lee, Chefs/Cookbook Authors
35. Seat guests next to someone they know and someone they’d enjoy meeting. -Alex Papachristidis, Designer
85. You can never have too many white plates, platters, and bowls. -Cheryl Katz, Designer
8. Don’t come to a party empty-handed. -Jayne Michaels, Designer
22. Never, never, never run out of ice. -Bryan Batt, Actor/Shop Owner
94. Don’t move people around too much. If you move people off the dining table it can be sort of a cue to leave and can break up the conversations. -Michael S. Smith, Designer
49. No colored candles! Only ivory and white. -Jan Showers, Designer
55. Never use paper napkins. -Judi Roman, Shop owner
28. You should always have a cold bottle of bubbly stashed in your refrigerator in case friends drop by, and a bottle of something sparkly for nondrinkers. -Christopher Hirsheimer, Co-founder, Canal House Cooking
68. Stick your candles in the freezer for a couple of days prior to using them. The freezing will eliminate most of the messy dripped wax all over your furniture. -David Stark, Furniture/Textile Designer