7 Ways to throw the perfect party

Oct 22, 2013 at 2:24 p.m. ET

?Throwing a party doesn’t mean you automatically switch to stress mode. Things don't have to be picture perfect. Though, if you keep a checklist of things you need and stay organized, you AND your guests will have a great time. Every party should be fun and an opportunity to show off your creative side!

Give your party character by mixing and matching your dishware with colors and beautiful patterns.

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Paper lanterns are great for outdoor evening parties, adding for just the right amount of sparkle! Want to save money? Make your own!

I always incorporate fresh flowers into my centerpieces for color and charm.

Keep it personal and make your own place settings. Handwritten is always more special and fun!

Prepare everything you can the night before such as snacks, plate settings and favors. This saves you time and an unnecessary headache the day of.

Plenty of space and seating is key! Arrange your furniture in such a way that circulation isn’t an issue. Try moving your chairs together to create a bench-like seating arrangement.

Create a signature cocktail. Mine is a Spicy Soto (Spicy White Wine Sangria). Here are a few ideas for three spicy cocktails to get your creative juices flowing!

Note: Keep your prepared food warm in an oven warmed at 200 degrees.

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