Limit the cheesiness factor and have a great theme party: Keep it classy with these guidelines from Tori Spelling's CelebraTORI: Unleashing Your Inner Party Planner to Entertain Friends and Family.
I like a party with a concept. Okay, I'm absolutely mad for concept-driven parties. But even I know that there's such a thing as going overboard. I want you to go over-the-top, but I still want you to keep it classy. Here are some guidelines:
DO: Maximize your color scheme.
DON'T: Buy out the Internet with any and everything related to your concept. Get the lay of the land before you make any purchases.
DO: Dress according to your concept.
DON'T: Take on some concept-related personality, like speaking with a Spanish accent at a fiesta party.
DO: Applaud guests for participating in the concept.
DON'T: Require guests to participate in the concept, or express disappointment if they choose not to do so.
DO: Go all out with concept-related desserts.
DON'T: Spend so much time on your concept that you forget the basics.
DO: Aim for total immersion, driven by your color scheme.
DON'T: Lose track of elegance and style. Don't buy the St. Paddy's candles if they have a hideous plastic leprechaun. Plain candles are fine . . . unless you track down elegant shamrock votives.
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