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Party planning

Planning the perfect party can seem overwhelming, but a few simple touches can make it a celebration to remember.

To take your next party to the next level, just follow some easy tips from Chris Nease, expert party stylist and editor of the blog Celebrations At Home.

Save the dates. With today’s hectic schedules, save-the-date notifications are more popular, and necessary, than ever. A good rule of thumb is to send them six weeks ahead of the party so guests have plenty of time to save the date on their calendars.

Themes. A theme isn’t necessary, but it makes the party – and party planning – more fun and memorable. “Themes for children’s parties are now more sophisticated with a touch of whimsy, while adults are planning party themes based on the personality or interests of the guest of honor,” Nease says.

Photos. Sharing photos online is a fun alternative to renting costly photo booths. Just create a group hashtag to share and consolidate photos through a content-sharing service such as Instagram. The hashtag makes it easy to create an online photo album.

Food. “A gorgeous cake is still the centerpiece of any birthday party, but why not put a twist on a traditional party centerpiece and display a tower of cupcakes,” Nease suggests.

– Family Features

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