'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
While you may assume what you serve your guests to eat and drink is of paramount importance to a successful party, interior designers know the secret to hosting a party that will be talked about for months is developing a theme.
"Great lighting is always the key to any fabulous party," Ms. Boland said. "I know it sounds crazy, but every light switch in your house should have a dimmer, even in the bathroom. When party time rolls around, dim the lights, light some candles - unscented only - put on some tunes and let your guests be the focus."
"The way your home is furnished [for a party] is not necessarily going to be the same as everyday life," Ms. Boland said. "For example, if you are hosting a first Communion brunch, you might have to bring chairs up from the basement for additional seating, especially if you have older guests like grandparents in attendance."