Party planning need not be stressful when you follow these easy tips for throwing a well appointed soireé:

Send a printed invitation. There is nothing better than receiving something special in the mail that exudes the look and feel of what is to come. These adorable couple shower invitations from are fun and festive and let guests know that a casual get together will follow.

Pick a color to carry through in everything from the invitation to the food and drinks you serve.

When guests arrive, pass a signature cocktail in your color of choice and add a personalized drink flag printed on your home printer to read: "Cheers!" These can be easily made by purchasing bamboo picks or straws from the grocery store and printing the flags on sticker paper that is then cut in your desired shape and adhered to the pick or straw. The straws and personalized flags can also be found on or follow this link for pre-made options.

Create a tablescape that looks like you have hired a professional to style it for you. Purchase inexpensive serving pieces such as this tasting party set from The size is perfect for a buffet filled with colorful two-bite appetizers and can also work well for a dessert presentation of mini-trifles, tarts or bruleès.

Personalized napkins are another easy way to add color and style to your festivities. For under $30/100, you can customize the design and look like a true party planning pro. Local stationers carry many options from which to choose from or you can order them online at: or follow this link to customize your own.

Remember that the key to a great party is the attention to detail. From the moment your guests are invited to the final farewell, by following these easy tips your friends and family will look forward to your next celebration.

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