Party Planning: 5 Tips for a Flawless Soiree

It’s the season of barbecues and alfresco entertaining. And since party planning is one of my favorite pastimes, I’ve been making the most of the warm weather by entertaining outdoors as much as possible. Today I wanted to share a few tips for throwing a flawless backyard bash from the ladies who know best.

Many of you may remember my friend Lauren Bosworth (aka Lo) from The Hills. She recently launched a fabulous new website called Revelry House along with co-founder Christianne Amodio, and the idea behind it is pretty genius…

Party Planning: 5 Tips for a Flawless SoireeParty Planning: 5 Tips for a Flawless Soiree

When you go to Revelry House, you can choose from several pre-packaged boxes of party and entertaining essentials. Each box is themed for a certain holiday or occasion, and your party supplies will arrive right at your doorstep. Whether you’re planning a Fourth of July barbecue, throwing a New Year’s Eve bash, or hosting an intimate baby shower, Revelry House is a great new tool for the modern hostess. You have to check it out.

Now, without further ado, here are Lo’s top five tips for throwing the ultimate soiree:

  1. Jazz up your party by turning your favorite classic movie on mute on in the background. An old black and white film will give your get-together an elegant, retro feel.
  2. If you’re planning on blowing up balloons for your party, I suggest cutting all of the ribbon or twine at one time once you determine what the proper length should be. This will save you a ton of time and keep the balloons looking uniform instead of sloppy.
  3. Don’t have enough serving dishes or vases? Ask your bestie to bring one of hers over to complete your dessert tablescape. And don’t be afraid of things looking mismatched—it will add a unique touch to your flatware.
  4. If you need a wine bucket to hold that lovely bottle of chilled Rose you’ve been saving for the occasion, get creative and use a big lobster pot or roasting dish instead. Just fill it with ice cubes and wrap a pretty fabric napkin around the wine when pouring your guests a glass.
  5. Make your ice cubes stand out by adding small pieces of yummy fruit or pretty edible flowers to your ice cube trays. Fill them up halfway with water, add the fruit or flowers, freeze for 30 minutes, and then finish filling with water so the fruit is sealed in the ice cube. Voila!

Do you have any additional tips for planning the perfect party?

Be sure to check out Revelry House’s Fourth of July collection if you haven’t already. And a huge congrats to my lovely friend Lauren Bosworth!

XO Lauren

P.S. Today Revelry House is offereing a 10% discount and free shipping with the code CANDY. Be sure to take a peek, ladies!

Photo: Revelry House
Categories: Celebrate, Lauren Conrad, Party Planning
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  • Megan R.

    I am loving this party in a box idea! I made one for my sister’s birthday once but this is great for every occasion!! This might have to be shared on my event planning blog as well! :) Thanks Lauren and Lo!

    Megan – The Preppy Planner

  • Sarah @ Sequin Doll

    This is SUCH a good idea! I can’t wait for the bridal shower/bachelorette ones to come out!

  • Franci Gire

    How exciting for your friend! Can’t wait to check out her website.


  • Ashley

    Loved her since Laguna Beach too! haha Will she be guest blogging? :)

  • Jaimee Rindy

    Lo Bosworth had one of these boxes on her instagram! They really must be fabulous!

  • Jaimee Rindy

    This looks amazing! This is such an amazing idea! Congrats to Lo and her co-founder! Hope it is successful!

  • jampbp

    What a fantastic idea! I just planned a bridal shower for my sister and this would have made things so much easier. Just looking at the 4th of July box makes me want to have a party haha. I hope their business really takes off!

    • Yellow Pinwheels

      Revelry House is super cute but they don’t have much on their site any more! We are a website that is very similar in selling parties that are all ready to go for you so you don’t have to take the time to source all of the product! Perfect for bridal showers! Take a peek and enjoy!

  • Tiffani Stuart

    A tip I thought of, right off the top of my head, was to not put all your food out at once, if it’s a self-serve thing. Always have food on reserve in the back to replenish when things get low. The worst thing at a party is when the food or drinks run out & people who get there a little later than others don’t have anything to eat.

  • Ana Sofia

    I love dealing with the decor of a party…this Lo’s tips will be very useful ;)


  • Kayleefawne

    Loving from Lo. What a cute idea <3



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