I rarely throw parties. Why? I love my friends, but so much work goes into hosting a get-together, from the food and cocktails to the entertainment and decor. It’s not cheap, either. To successfully throw an amazing soiree, every detail matters. Plus, my standards are very high, since I work in the design world. Fortunately, with an abundance of spring and summer festivities on the horizon, HGTV.com has created the go-to party planning guide for hosting casual get-togethers, dinner parties, bridal showers and more (without the cost and headaches!). Here are a few of my favorite ideas to get you started.
Welcome guests by creating simple yet eye-catching place settings and DIY centerpieces that coordinate with the theme of your dinner party:
Hopefully, you’ll have the perfect weather to take your Memorial Day party outside this weekend. Get ready with our outdoor entertaining ideas.
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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Whether you’re throwing together a last-minute dinner party or just want a Mexican-inspired dinner tonight, head over to Food Network for some great recipes, including everything from chicken enchiladas to margaritas and flan!
Plus, check out Sandra Lee’s tips for planning a semi-homemade Cinco de Mayo Party.