1. Set the date, then communicate!
Choosing the date and time is the first step! The location sets the tone for the event; if it is a private gathering for friends, your home might be the perfect setting! Because, if you are already decorating for the holidays, why not throw a party?! If you are renting a location, reserving the space is the next step.
Remember, the invite makes the first impression! Customizing the perfect design and having a specific theme in mind will entice your guests to join in on the festivities.
Whether you send an e-vite or a physical invite in the mail, just make sure to include all the important details and add embellishments/photos for that extra flair.
Milestones like birthdays and holidays can be even more festive when a creative theme is chosen to set the tone. Transform your space into a winter wonderland
This is your opportunity to make a lasting impression on your guests. Decide if you will be hiring vendors such as photographers, a caterer, DJ or other entertainers and 'main attractions'.
Kim wanted to host something fun for her clients, colleagues and friends. The holiday pop-up shop event was a hit!
The theme, guests and time of day the event is taking place will determine your food and beverage menu.
Are you hosting a five-course meal for your loved ones or serving hors d'oeuvres for co-workers at a holiday gift exchange? Handcrafted cocktails would pair well with a catered dinner event and in Kim Perdomo's case, bubbles and bites were the perfect accompaniment for a ladies day out shopping event.
Regardless of the size of the event, choosing a tasty menu, pairing beverages and going the extra mile is key! Once you are a few weeks out from the event, and have an idea on the guest count, you can pre-order food, napkins, plates, cutlery, cups etc.
We held our event from 11am – 2pm. Since it was brunch time, we assumed some would snack on light bites while shopping. We chose finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, cheese and crackers and sweet treats.
A mimosa bar? Wine not?! It's fun to include at least one specialty cocktail that leaves a lasting impression with your guests. We created a "build your own" mimosa station with assorted juices and fresh fruit. To accompany the holiday theme, we chose raspberries, pomegranates and cranberry floaters to top off our guests' bubbles.
Custom Cups! You can never go wrong with going the extra mile. We always believe in adding that extra special touch. Consider ordering cups with the event name, date or occasion to always look back on and remember! They are great takeaways for your guests.
We ordered custom Perdomo Properties frosted cups from Leigh-Leigh's Little Lagniappe.
Decorations for an event are like the trimmings on a Christmas tree. Kim "decked" out her home with elegant holiday decor that matches the neutral tones of her furniture.
Enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Take a breath, you have 10 months to plan the next holiday soirée!
Thank you for reading, we hope you enjoyed!