Party Themes and Party Ideas

Hosting a Party

Hosting a Party: Ideas, Recipes, Drinks and More

If you're interested in hosting a party everyone will enjoy, the Hosting a Party Web Guide is sure to help. Whether you're throwing a multi-course formal dinner party, a Halloween costume ball or a casual gathering of friends for Super Bowl Sunday, this guide points you to the best resources on the Web. Learn where to find invitation designs, party themes, menus, party food and drinks, and lots more.

Party Themes and Party Ideas

If you’re itching to entertain and are looking for a good excuse to throw a party, these sites can help you decide which holiday themes and party ideas most inspire you. There’s more to entertaining than just dinner parties; barbecues, picnics and costume parties are all great ways to get people together. Use these sites to figure out what type of party reflects your personality, and which party themes spark your creative genius.  

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  • If you sometimes get overwhelmed or annoyed by perfect homemaker or hostess types, this Martha Stewart parody provides a dose of humor. If your dinner party soufflé doesn’t rise, don’t feel bad; visit this site for a smile.

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Party Invitations

If you want to spend your days designing handmade party invitations, stuffing envelopes and affixing stamps, go ahead. But you’ll lose valuable time that could be spent on planning your actual party. Use the Internet for creative party invitation ideas, and then send your party invitations online, instantly. You’ll be able to manage your guest list easily, and most online party invitation services also offer printable maps: Never get called by a panicky, lost guest again!

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  • You’ll have to register at many of these invitation Web sites but it’s free, and once you’ve done it, you can use the service over and over, and reuse your guest list.
  • If you’re part of a social networking site, use its events notification service to let your friends know about the party you’re planning.

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Party Food

Tired of all those tattered cookbooks on your kitchen shelves? If you don’t want to serve the finger foods your grandmother made for parties, have a look at some of these party food sites. With constant updates and an ever-increasing wealth of archived recipes, these resources can help you design and plan the perfect party menu.

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  • If you’re having a casual event and don’t want to spend a lot of time preparing food at home, check out your local specialty grocer (like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods) for help. Trader Joe’s also has an extensive “Party Planning” guide in PDF format.

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Party Drinks

Now that you’ve decided on a theme, a menu and specific recipes, you’ll need to compliment your food with the right party drinks. You’ll want to have something for everyone, so look to these sites for advice on party cocktails, wine, beer and nonalcoholic beverages. Read up on special recipes for mixed drinks and food pairing ideas. You can even order your wine and liquor online.

Insights for Party Drinks

  • For more help picking out what spirits to serve, visit the findingDulcinea Liquor and Cocktails, Wine and Beer Web Guides. You’ll learn how to complement food with the appropriate drinks, along with how to serve and where to purchase your party drink ingredients and bar tools of choice.
  • Be sure to have lots of soda and soft drinks on hand for guests who don’t drink. If you know that a particular guest won’t indulge, serve him or her a nonalcoholic beverage right away so that other guests won’t offer up unwanted liquor.

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