February 15, 2012. Home How-To's
Posted by erikak
With the Grammys this past weekend, and the Oscars just around the corner, awards season is coming to a close. What better way to say goodbye then to throw a fabulous bash? Whether you’re planning a high rolling soirée or just kicking it with the ladies, no send off affair is complete without the following:
1. Mood Lighting
No party is complete without some mood lighting. Let’s be honest, lighting can be a girls’ best friend – or her worst enemy. What better way to create a pleasing ambiance than to fill the room with strategically placed candles and let the lighting set the tone of your night? If you’ve been into an Urban Barn recently, you’re sure to have noticed the arrival of the ever-popular Trina lamp’s sister, Liza. Complete with Table, Floor, and most recently the Pendant lamp, there’s no better way to add a bit of glam to your home.
2. A Delicious Recipe
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – food can make or break any event. You want your guests feeling as if they’ve just entered a gourmet restaurant (without you having to slave over the stove all day). My go to favorite: Garlic Butter White Wine Shrimp Linguine. Sounds luxurious, but it’s a mouth-watering dish that doesn’t break the bank.
To make, simply dice 2 medium-sized shallots and cloves of garlic. Let sweat in 2 teaspoons of olive oil. In the meantime,slice about 8 large mushrooms and throw in the pot as soon as the onions start to brown. Sauté until mushrooms soften, then add in 1/3 cup of white wine, and 1 tbsp of butter (delish!). Once butter has melted, throw in shrimp (uncooked) and let turn pink. Add salt and pepper to taste, serve with linguine (or your fave pasta) et VOILA!
3. Gorgeous Serving Ware
Now that you’ve rustled up the main attraction, you need something with pizzaz to show it off! Why not throw tradition to the wind? Instead of using your tried and true dish set, try something unconventional. Something functional.
4. Fabulous friends
Last but not least, to make any party a success, you need your most fabulous friends in attendance! Check out Evite for some great awards night themed invites. There are less than 2 weeks to go, so you’ll want to start sending them now!
With tips like these, you’ll be sure to let everyone know you’re a rock star hostess.