Pull out these pro party tricks for an event that wows your guests

  • Dec. 6, 2017 2:36 p.m.

It’s one thing to invite people over, it’s a whole other thing to pull off a party.

But don’t let the thought of drinks, menu, music or decor stop you from going into host mode. Courtney Whitmore wants to make entertaining easy. The Nashville, Tenn., blogger and author is sharing her secrets for wowing guests with her latest book, “Pizzazzerie: Entertain in Style.”

Whitmore, who runs the popular party-planning website that shares her book’s name, is providing the inspiration — as well as how-to tips — for hosts who want to impress their guests and create a party with serious pizzazz. She let us in on a few of her tried-and-true tricks.

THREE THINGS EVERY PARTY MUST HAVE

Fabulous food

Background music

Festive decor

THREE THINGS TO QUIT STRESSING ABOUT WHEN ENTERTAINING

Serving each guest his or her drink; set up a drink station on a bar cart and let them serve themselves.

You don’t have to have a favor at every party you host.

Invitations: Don’t be afraid to send an email or casual message to friends.

THREE THINGS THAT TOO OFTEN GET OVERLOOKED OR FORGOTTEN BY HOSTS

Stay near the door to greet your guests.

Freshen up your powder room.

Music; it makes all the difference.

(EDITORS: STORY CAN END HERE)

THREE THINGS TO START THINKING ABOUT NOW TO BE READY FOR HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING

If you want to add a personal element to your tablescape this holiday season, put an order in now for monogrammed linens or custom cocktail napkins.

Start thinking about a holiday theme if you want to throw a party. This way you can pick up items that will coordinate with the theme throughout the fall. For example, Whitmore is hosting a gingerbread house decorating party for her girlfriends, complete with gingerbread martinis, and is on the lookout now for gingerbread-themed items.

Start trying new recipes and pulling your favorites so you have your menu all set by the time party season rolls around.

Just Posted

Graffiti vandals hit West Park

Church, seniors home and parked cars among targets of vandals early on Sunday

Twitter rolls out stricter rules on abusive content

NEW YORK — Twitter is now enforcing stricter policies on violent and… Continue reading

India’s ruling party loses seats but still wins in Gujarat

NEW DELHI — The ruling party of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi… Continue reading

Silent Santa lets kids with autism meet Santa without distractions

EDMONTON — When Santa greeted seven-year-old Kalen Boodhoo during a special photo… Continue reading

Replay Red Deer Dec. 17

Watch news highlights in video from Red Deer and Central Alberta

Grizzly bear trophy hunting over in B.C.

NDP government says 2017 hunt was the last one

Alberta politician Derek Fildebrandt convicted, fined in hit and run

An Edmonton traffic court has found an Alberta legislature member guilty in… Continue reading

Family suspends search for missing Alberta couple, plane near Revelstoke

Due to bad weather, families of missing Albertan couple say they will resume in the spring

Replay Red Deer Dec. 17

Watch news highlights in video from Red Deer and Central Alberta

Owl found dead after eating rat poison leaves B.C. woman concerned

After finding the owl on her Surrey property, Christine Trozzo says the poison is a concern for kids

Dying man’s wish to see new ‘Star Wars’ movie coming true

A dying man’s wish to see the new “Star Wars” movie is… Continue reading

Bountiful polygamist believed he couldn’t be prosecuted: lawyer

Winston Blackmore’s lawyer says Blackmore did not believe he could be prosecuted

Trudeaus, Mulroneys, Erdem? Canadians who could snag a royal wedding invite

Save the date. Kensington Palace announced Friday that Prince Harry and Meghan… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month