Party Planning 101

Secrets From a Party Planner: Top 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Party

Learn how to host like a pro without breaking a sweat. Camille Styles, event planner and party blog editor, shares her top tips and "rules to live by" when hosting your next big party or get-together.

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Offer a Self-Serve Bar

The key to a simple drink service? Set up a self-serve bar so guests can be their own mixologists. Set up a pretty tray with a decanter, two or three kinds of liquor and a few festive mixers. Let everyone have fun creating their own concoctions. Welcome guests with a drink upon arrival by placing a tray of champagne and sparkling water near the door so they can grab some bubbly and start mingling as soon as they arrive. Photography by Cory Ryan Photography

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