The best thing about throwing a party is getting a chance to socialize with friends and family. But planning all of the décor and details isn’t too far behind. Whether it’s a holiday party, a birthday party, or just inviting our best pals over for brunch, it’s always fun to make the experience special and memorable. Which is why we love these nine blogs from amateur and professional party planners that give us new ideas and inspire us to think beyond streamers and cupcakes.
Take a look and get inspired for your next soiree.
Camille Styles’ is a party stylist who shares all of her creative entertaining ideas on her website. Plus, she has a team of contributors so there’s always something new to look at and learn. After perusing for a few moments, you’ll realize there’s no occasion that can’t be turned into a social gathering. Whether it’s a pajama brunch, a post workout social, or just a party dedicated to eating nachos, there are tons of amazing ideas with instructions on how to perfectly execute them all.
Photo: Camille Styles via Facebook
Mindy Weiss is a wedding and party planner for the stars with clients like Jessica Simpson, Heidi Klum, and Fergie. She’s known for her creative ideas and unexpected touches, and though you might not have the budget to hire her for your party, her website is an excellent place to get inspiration. She’ll show you how to pull off a garden-inspired bridal shower just like Jamie Chung’s, or you can peruse her portfolio for ideas for stunning rehearsal dinners or sophisticated graduation parties. She also has great advice about questions to ask when venue shopping, what to wear to a fall wedding, and more. This is one that’s definitely worth bookmarking.
Photo: Jose Villa Photography via Mindy Weiss Party Consultants
Jenn Sbranti, Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Hostess with the Mostess, was so great at throwing parties and showers that her guests started bombarding her with questions about where she found the décor and could they have that dessert recipe… so she started a website to provide inspiration and how-tos to get people excited about throwing their own events. Jenn has an idea for seriously every party you could ever want to throw from a baby shower to a bar mitzvah to a black tie gala. We love the “Rustic Cookies & Cocoa Party with Santa” idea for the holidays, as well as the colorful “Green Apple of my Eye Bridal Shower” décor. You can browse by theme and the party ideas and DIYs will make you wish you threw a lot more events.
Thanks to Jo Gartin’s personal touches that make her events so memorable, her client list includes celebrities like Courteney Cox, Tori Spelling, and Taye Diggs. Visit her main site just to scroll through the gorgeous photos that will make you wish you had a wedding to plan, and then head over to her blog, an online library of the things that inspire her. There you’ll find interesting ideas for dinner parties, DIYs like making your own olive oil and handmade vases, and lots of ideas for parties.
Photo: Love, Luck, and Angels
Cristina Riches (“Bird”) started her website as a destination for all things celebratory and now she also has a quarterly magazine and an online shop that sells affordable party decorations, favors, printables, and more. Her ideas are fresh and original, like an emoji party with DIY cookies and cupcakes and the gorgeous fall “Nesting Birds Baby Shower” that looks like it is straight out of a fairy tale.
Preston Bailey has been in the events business for over 30 years and throws parties for celebs and royals like it’s no big deal. The Before + After photos on his site show you just how magical his transformations really are and the photos in his Event Ideas are just what you’ll need to get inspired. Be sure to also check out his blog where he gives advice about things other than parties, like why it’s important to take action in real time and how to move past the myth of perfection.
Photo: Preston Bailey
Chris Nease has been designing events for friends and clients for over 15 years and believes every celebration needs the right mix of people and should have memorable details. Check out her portfolio for ideas about how to create a dessert table or a recipe for an “easy as pie” pumpkin pie. The best part about her blog is that her ideas, like throwing a stress free football party and personalizing your tabletop are practical for the average person who just needs a little help.
Photo: Celebrations at Home
Rebekah Dempsey’s background is in interior design, but now makes her living styling parties and sharing her knowledge with people who want “live a blissful life” with their friends and family. Her blog is full of useful advice to make everyday moments a little more special. Like: 11 Creative Ways to Decorate Christmas Cards and How to Set a Traditional Neutral Thanksgiving Table. She’s a great person to follow for small ideas you can actually incorporate each season.
Photo: A Blissful Nest
You can find total lifestyle inspiration on this site (and the ladies behind it will even come to your home and make it a reality), but there’s also a section dedicated to entertaining with sections for tabletop, cocktails, floral, wedding, and more. Find recipes for classic holiday cocktails to serve or an elegant garden dinner party. There really is something for anyone who’s looking to “effortlessly” impress her guests.
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