What makes a great party? Family, friends, food, flowers, and music.
I am working on, several weddings this summer, and as I sit at my desk procrastinating, I begin to break down what it is that makes a great party or wedding.
Family: The gathering of the family to celebrate a birthday, wedding or even dinner can be both stressful and meaningful. We would not want to celebrate certain milestones without our families, but they do add to the stress of the day. Some people feel stress when entertaining family, they think everything must be perfect for their families, other people simply feel stressed having family attend events. I am fortunate to have a wonderful and very large family. We just like being together, but I must admit I still like things to be perfect for them.
Food: Food is extremely important to me. I went to culinary school, and although I no longer work as a chef, I do cook daily. To me good food is simple, fresh, whole ingredients made with love or passion. When I was head chef at a small Inn in Cambridge MA in the mid-nineties, I was shocked to learn that not everyone loved food. Some people just eat to live, rather than live to eat. No matter what category you fit into, you must have good food at your celebration. So pick your caterer well, ask them questions about food, what inspires them? Where do they purchase their produce, do they source items locally? What was their most memorable event and why?
Friends: Whether you are the host, bride, or guest of honor, having friends attend your event will make it unforgettable. Think about your guest list, who must come, who would you like to come, and who are you inviting because you feel like you have to include them? I would drop the last group and stick to the core group, but I am not in a social tier where this exists. More and more, dogs are making the wedding scene these days. Man’s best friend, I guess it makes sense, yet let me be clear, I am against this idea.
Flowers: Please if you know anything about me, it is that flowers and candles are everything to me. Beautiful arrangements, and table-scapes tell a story. The story can be rustic, elegant, formal or casual. Just please don’t forget the flowers. I like to do my own arrangements, but if you are not a flower person, go to your local farm, florist or Wholefoods and hire them. A lot of farms in Maine do wedding flowers.
Music: Now listen up…music creates the vibe of the party. I like live music, but I also like DJ’s, Ipod sets, Spotify, etc. Do yourself a favor, think your music choices through, who is attending your event? Plan to play something for everyone. I hosted a birthday party for a friend last year, and we went with a Spotify Jazz dinner set. It was perfect, it was just enough music in the background to keep the party going.
Alright guys thanks for stopping by and have a happy and safe New Year. May all your dreams come true in 2019. I feel very fortunate to have you all in my life.
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