It’s that time of year again, where regardless of the holiday you celebrate there will be plenty of parties to attend. We know a thing or two about hosting events and have put together our favourite tips and tricks to throwing a memorable party.
It’s All in the Details
No detail is too small when it comes to hosting. From the instagram-worthy decor down to making sure you have enough garbage bags and ice for the whole night, every detail is crucial to the flow of an event. Planning ahead and making lists of what needs to be accomplished the day of, hour by hour will help to ease the stress.
Create an Experience
Maya Angelou once said “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Bring a little piece of that sage advice to your next get-together. Keep the experience as a whole in mind when putting together things like decor, drink list and food options. There should be something for everyone to make them feel welcome and at home.
Apologies in advance to all our lactose intolerant friends, but cheese is universally loved and a crowd-pleaser at any get-together. Whether it’s a girls night secret santa exchange or an office holiday party, a platter full of delicious cheese is always a natural gathering point for conversation and snacking. The Junction Fromagerie helped ClutchPR put together a soft brie called Seour Angle, gouda from Golden Blythe, aged Canadian cheddar and blue cheese from Quebec for our most recent shindig . We’ll let the smiling faces, full stomachs and empty cheese platters at the end of the night speak for themselves.
Different styles of events call for different dining options. Your event might call for a plated five course meal or passed hor d’oeuvres, but something sweet to end the night with is a must. If you’re lucky enough to live near Toronto’s favourite sweet shop, Delight Chocolate has almost too many delicious options to choose from. And you can feel good about their commitment to creating handmade, organic, fair-trade products that include chocolate, ice cream and other delectable treats.
Stop & Smell the Roses
It might seem simple and obvious, but remembering to enjoy your own party is a reminder we all need every once in awhile. Planning a party and seeing it through from start to finish can sometimes leave you a bit bogged down so stop and smell the roses! Sure, they might be roses you planted, watered, pruned and arranged yourself but they still smell just as sweet.