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.

Surprise Party Invite

Send Out Invites

Although online invitations are perfectly acceptable for last-minute get-togethers, there's nothing quite like a mailed invitation to set the tone for a party and build anticipation for the fun in store. There are plenty of online stationery companies offering chic well-designed invitation designs, or you can get creative and make your own. A brightly colored square of card stock embellished with finds from local craft stores is every bit as special as custom invitations (and for a fraction of the cost, too). Photography by Michael Bullock

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