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August 2, 2010

The Perfect Dinner Party


Here are some pictures from the bachelorette party I attended this past weekend in Cape Cod.  It was so nice to get all the girls together and hang out Saturday.

Ok I know you are going to ask about the undies so let me just go ahead and tell you. We played this fun game where everyone brings a pair of undies and Nicole has to guess who brought each pair. When she did not guess correctly (which was in almost all cases!) we started lining them up on this clothes line.  I bought Nicole these ones from lululemon because I am literally addicted to them.

Nicole's dear friend Kim, hosted a Surf and Turf bachelorette dinner at her Mom's place on the Cape Saturday evening.   Afterwards, I thought about how much I love attending dinner parties and throwing them.  In my opinion there is no right way to throw a party but here some tips that I have found to be helpful.  And Kim must find these helpful too because she did an amazing job hosting and planning this lovely dinner al fresco.
{Kim-the hostess on the left and Nicole-the bride to be on the right}
Style'n tips on hosting a stylish and perfect dinner party

1. Keep the meal simple. This is not the time to be experimenting with new recipes.

2.. Organization is key.  It helps to write down a schedule of everything you need to do for the dinner party.  Also, prepare are much as you can prior to your guests arriving.  The last thing you want is for your guests to be doing all the work. But if you do have guests assisting you then be sure to delegate.

3. Make sure your guests can eat what you prepare. So check if you have vegetarians, guests with food allergies, or just picky eaters.

4. Always have some good background music and select the music based on the event and the type of mood you are aiming for.

5. Make sure you have enough wine, cocktails, and and other drinks on hand. 

6. Have fun with the decorations and details and and don't feel like everything has to match. Fresh flowers are always a bonus.

7. Last by not least make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get ready and look stylish!

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49 Comments:

this free bird said...

Okay I am loving this band around her head. She is adorable!! And the brightly colored glasses and the seafood and the smiles!! So terrific :)

xoxo,
Carrie

Diana Mieczan said...

That is one amazing dinner party...I love those photos...hahaha and that underwear laundry line is so cute...hahahah:)

Glad you had a blast and see you soon,sweetie:)

Hugs and kisses:)

MelissaNibbles said...

Looks like fun! I want to have the undie game at my next dinner party.

annelise said...

It looks like a classy party, all the bachelorette parties (or hen's parties, as we call them in Australia) have been tacky and/or boring. I just love the hostess's dress - the colour is beautiful!

kirstyb said...

looks like your having fun xxxx

Jessica said...

The panty-line is hilarious! What a fun idea! (And I bet it was even more fun as the drinks were flowing!)

Debby said...

Love the Cape! This looks like the perfect Bachelorette party. xo

Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i LOVE it!!! - looks like so much fun - and food looks YUM!!!!

My Republic of Fashion said...

Looks like ye had an amzing time!SarahD:)

Jammer said...

Great tips! I can't wait to get my own place and start having fun parties :D Happy Monday!

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Annie said...

aww what a fun weekend! those are great tips :)
Happy Monday!

Gail said...

Naina,
It was so wonderful to meet and chat with you at the party.... You gals never cease to amaze me with your talents and beauty and accomplishments. I loved having you all at my home and being part of such a special event for Nicole. I love your blog.... yes, a totally wonderful way for you to express your creative side. I forgot to mention to you that I went to school recently for Expressive Art Therapy and loved it and know how valuable it is to have these wonderful ways of being creative! The party was a very inspirational evening for me and I was delighted to meet you all!
Love to all of the gals,
Gail.....Kim's Mom

coolkids said...

looks like a wonderful evening!

Lynzy said...

Looks delightful! I like the tip about keeping enough drinks handy :)

xo Lynzy
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love jenny xoxo said...

Looks like a blast! I would love to visit Cape Cod, so cool looking!

Katy Mary said...

This looks like such a fun party. I love all of your tips too. Throwing parties is something I love to do.

Nikki said...

Looks like so much fun!!!


xx
Nikki

Bella *Bellgetsreal said...

I am so loving this.

Looks like an absolute blast.

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Tanvi said...

Looks like you had loads of fun. And great tips! :)

Anthea said...

Cape Cod looks amazing!

Anthea,
Embracing Style

its simple love said...

Oooo thanks for the tips! And this looks like an awesome bachelorette party! Mmmmmm lobster.

Rachael

Krystal said...

aww, this looks SO fun!! I love throwing dinner parties but I do not have the "make a list" and "prepare ahead of time" thing down yet :) practice makes perfect, so oh well:)

Tayebug said...

Great tips and I love the undie game. I've never seen that before. Looks like everyone had a great time!!

marissa said...

fabulous tips and I'm so in love with the undie game/banner haha it is so awesome

Cafe Fashionista said...

Loving these tips; dinner parties are so fun and glamorous!! :)

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Love the photos- this looked so fun! :)

I did the panty line for my stepbro's fiancee's bachelorette- it was hysterical to see her guess who brought which pair.

Ms. Emily Ann said...

What fun pictures!! Looks like a fantastic time, and I love the undy game!!

Great tips too, I love hosting, so thanks for sharing :)

Tamara Nicole said...

What a fun party!!! Great location and super cute:-)

P.S. I'm glad I found your blog, love it!

Stacey said...

Great tips and lovely pictures! Looks like it was fun.

bollywoodstylediaries said...

Totally agree with not trying new recipes at parties- learnt it the hard way:-) Fresh sea food, yum!!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Looks like you had so much fun! And those are some great tips for entertaining. I agree with them all :)

Hope your week is off to a great start!

tanyas daily said...

great tips!

The Zhush said...

So fun! I love lululemon too, btw!

Sarah said...

Looks like so much fun!

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The Mommy said...

Ah! That DOES look like a fun party. I need something like that right now:)

Kiki said...

Looked like fun times - loved the setup and the very casual feelingf!!

XOXO
Kiki

Valerie said...

Looks like such a fun party, Naina! I love that underwear game for bachelorette parties! We played the same game at my friend Sarah's bachelorette last year and it was so fun. Thanks for all the party tips! My priorities are also to keep it simple and have lots of wine available!

xo
Valerie

Marcie said...

What a great post! I just love the seashell headpiece! I think keeping it simple and focusing on the people is the biggest part! :)

xo Marcie

Grace said...

Great tips! Looks like a fun dinner party.

Nadine2point0 said...

Looks like an awesome time. I envy your scenery there - looks beautiful! Been to Boston and Maine, but not to the Cape. I hope soon with our children, they love the ocean.

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Elle Sees said...

cute idea!

t said...

Looks like fun times!

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Kayla said...

Looks like so much fun. Good times with good friends. Not much better than that.

Ramblings of a Small Town Girl

Fifth Sparrow said...

Sounds like it was a lovely night! I agree, dinner parties are so much fun (when done right!) and if the photos are anything to go by then this one was done perfectly!

v [ hobovogue ] said...

oh my gosh looks like fun first of all but second that band around her head is SO pretty.

anyway event planning is always so fun but so much work too.. hmmmm but totally worth it !

<33 [v] hobovogue

alison (semi-fab lane) said...

looks like fun! i love the collage you put together!

style-haus said...

i can tell everyone had an amazing time! the undies guessing game sounds like so much fun :) i'm sure it was filled with lots of laughs. such great tips for hosting too!

http://style-haus.blogspot.com/

Torrie said...

Thought I'd check in... it's been a while:) (... still a whirlwind of 'catching up' since our vacation!!).
Last year, I discovered just how important #3 is when I served these [amazing recipe BTW!] shrimp/Andouille sausage pot pies to the ladies in my book club. Out of all things, one of the newer members was allergic to potatoes(!!) and couldn't eat even a bite of the dish... just the salad!
That 'undie game' sounds fun:).

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