Expert tips on hosting the best party

06d190acc2c24f51c6866171c942b4e8

Planning to throw a holiday shindig this year? Don’t be the hostess scrambling in her bathrobe two minutes before guests start arriving. We have expert tips to make sure your soiree is as big of a hit as say, Martha Stewart’s. Oh by the way, read her holiday party game plan here.

 

David Tutera, celebrity wedding planner and host of WEtv’s “My Fair Wedding”

 

Be in a good place

“First off, to host a party you must feel good,” Tutera says. He doesn’t recommend throwing a party if there are a lot of other factors adding stress into your life.

 

Don’t overachieve

“The problem right now is everybody is trying to find the way to host the perfect party. I’m going to go on the record right now and say there’s no such thing as perfection in entertaining.”

 

Map out the event

If the guest list keep growing, Tutera recommends having a plan of how people will flow. Think about where the coats will go, where the beverages will be placed and how people will walk around and get to the food.

 

Set the tone

The host is the one who sets the tone of the party. “If the host is freaking out, it trickles down to the guests. That makes them uncomfortable and they’re gong to leave. Enjoy yourself as a guest at your own party.”

 

Make a playlist

Have songs on a playlist that you can have on shuffle so you’re not running back and forth trying to be the host and the DJ, he says. “And don’t play only Christmas music,” warns Tutera. “After about an hour, it gets tiring.”

 

 

Carson Kressley, Emmy-winning television star, stylist, author and fashion designer



Keep it simple

“Well booze and go-go boys always seems to work for me, but if you’re not that adventurous, I think simple is really elegant. I’m doing a themed Christmas party which I think makes it easy. This year, I’m doing Kentucky Christmas. I’m serving fried chicken, ham and pepper jelly biscuits, bourbon cupcakes, bourbon punch — it gives you a framework and keeps it really simple. So you’re not like, “Oh, should I have this? Should I have that?” It just keeps it contained and makes it easy — pun intended — for your guests to digest the whole theme. And I keep my decorations simple, too. I’m just doing glass cylinders with tons of magnolia branches in them. I do simple things but in a big way.”



Ted Allen, cookbook author, TV personality and host of The Food Network’s “Chopped”

Get a head start

“The more prep work you do in advance of your gathering, the better you’ll feel when it’s time for the party to start. Whether that’s setting the table, laying out your serving dishes ahead of time or starting your cooking or baking the day before — get a head start on your to-do list! That way you’ll feel less stressed and will actually be able to enjoy yourself.”

 

Go natural

“Skip the expensive flower arrangements and get creative with natural items you already have on-hand! Use fresh, festive fruits and veggies or branches and greenery straight from your yard — voilà, you’ll have a beautiful eco-friendly centerpiece that will cost almost nothing to make.”

 

Stress less

“Instead of worrying about everything being perfect, remember what the holidays are really about — spending time with those you love. You aren’t the caterer, you’re the host, so enjoy yourself!”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Actor Tracy Morgan wasn't wearing seatbelt in June…

By Jonathan Stempel(Reuters) - Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and others in his limousine were not wearing seat belts when their vehicle was struck by…

National

Connected cars: Is AT&T leaving Verizon in its…

By Marina Lopes and Bernie WoodallWASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - Verizon Communications, the No.1 U.S. wireless carrier known for its widespread coverage, is falling behind its biggest…

Local

Grand jury begins hearing evidence in Eric Garner…

A grand jury began hearing evidence Monday relating to the death of Eric Garner while in police custody in July. Garner, 43, of Staten Island,…

Local

Mayor announces plan for solar panels at city…

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the planned installation of 24 new solar panels at city schools on Monday morning. The panels, a $28 million investment,…

Going Out

Taste what Lower Manhattan is cooking at today's…

The Lower Manhattan food scene has changed a lot in three years, which you can taste first hand when the neighborhood's food festival returns. On…

Television

Review: 'Selfie' tries to coast on the charm…

"Selfie" offers cute leads and some good jokes, but focuses too much on a vague distaste for social media.

Movies

Review: Jason Reitman's 'Men, Women & Children' is…

Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" takes a hysterical and melodramatic look at disconnection in the digital age, turning strong actors into zombies.

Television

TV watch list, Monday, Sept. 29: 'Castle,' 'Mom'…

Tune in for the season premieres of "Castle," "Mom" and "NCIS: Los Angeles."

NFL

Ryan Quigley making a big impact for Jets…

Ryan Quigley, now in his second year as the Jets punter, had an exceptional afternoon with six punts for an average of 51.7 yards per punt.

NFL

3 positives to take from Jets loss to…

The Jets suffered another loss Sunday — 24-17 to the Lions — but the reason why it hurts so much for Jets fans is that…

MLB

Joe Girardi not confident David Robertson will return…

David Robertson was as seamless as anyone could be replacing Mariano Rivera as he converted 39 saves, with a 3.08 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony preaches patience with new coach, offense

While star forward Carmelo Anthony said he’s “enthusiastic” and “optimistic” for the upcoming season, he still wants everyone — from within the locker room and…

Education

How to ace your private school interview

Getting ready for a private school interview can be daunting for many, most of whom might never have been in an interview situation before. We’ve…

Education

5 questions parents should ask while visiting private…

It can be hard to know what to look for when searching for a new school for your child. Parents considering several different schools can…

Education

3 ways to save money on college application…

With the average high school student applying to 5 or 6 schools, hefty application and test score fees can add up quickly. We’ve compiled some…

Education

Nap rooms: The latest college campus trend

College is a time filled with new experiences (and lots of schoolwork), leaving little time for students to get a good night’s rest. University of…