Velika zabava povodom useljenja ne počinje sa besprekornom kućom ili savršenim menijem. U stvari, ona počinje sa Vama. To je zabava povodom postizanja cilja, proslava useljenja i upoznavanja novi prijatelja i komšija. Ne brinite – nikoga nije briga ako vam kuća jos uvek nije besprekorno okrečena. U stvari, prijatelju vam mogu pomoći u odabiru pravih boja i dezena. Čitajte dalje da biste saznali kako!
Kada su kutije istovarene i radnici otišli, vreme je da organizujte zabavu, pošaljite pozivnice najmanje 2 nedelje unapred. Štamparije imaju veliki izbor pozivnica shodno vašem izboru ili jednostavno pošaljite elektronske pozivnice mailom.
Budite jednostavni i koristite ono što već imate u kući. Naprimer:
- Vaš trpezarijski sto može poslužiti kao švedski sto, ili čak i mali kafe stolići.
- Zaštitite ih ćebadima ili stolnjacima.
- U velike vaze možete staviti pribor za jelo.
- Umesto staklenog upotrebite papirnato posuđe.
- Ukoliko je vreme lepo i toplo, organizujte zabavu napolju.
- If the weather is nice, use your outdoor space, too. String lights along the eaves of your house or around your trees for a festive look.
- Use lamps or overhead lighting on dimmers to create a warm and cozy atmosphere.
- If you don’t know what color you’d like to paint your walls, paint large swatches on your walls and frame them (in the same frames). Give guests pencils and let them vote on the right shade for your space by placing tick marks or their names next to the frames. (This idea can also be used for flooring samples, remodeling sketches and more.)
Think buffet. It’s less stressful than preparing a sit-down dinner, and encourages people to mix, mingle and meander. Some possible ideas include:
- Mini caprese salads on toothpicks, olives in darling dishes, salami, cheese and fruit, and crusty bread with cheese and/or jam, plus a smattering of cakes, bars and cookies that people can nibble as they walk and talk.
- Carne asada for mini tacos and all the accoutrements that go along with it, chips and guacamole (salsa can be too messy), rice and beans, plus a fresh fruit salad and a freezer full of ice pops for dessert.
- Pasta salad loaded with veggies, chicken kebabs, hummus and warm pita bread, olives, and roasted nuts with herbs. For dessert think small, like lemon or lime tarts, Italian ice, or cupcakes.
It’s easy to go overboard with drinks, but you can save plenty if you keep your focus narrow. So instead of buying virtually every booze under the sun, plus mixers, juices, sodas, wine and beer, develop a signature cocktail, then supply water, beer or wine, and soft drinks. The odds are good that your guests will bring beer or wine or both, and you can always ask them (tactfully) to do so on the invitation, which will also help you save some money. Just a few signature cocktails worth considering include:
- Homemade sangria
- Campari and soda
- Classic Pimms cup
- Moscow Mule
- Gimlets (vodka or gin)
- Homemade hard lemonade
Just put the name of the cocktail – and mixing instructions on a card, then place the card, glasses and ice – and all the ingredients needed to make the drink – on a credenza and let your guests make their own. For parties where alcohol won’t be served, create a similar station – but without the booze.
Possibly the most critical part of your party will be your playlist – so create one that’s long enough to play for several hours without the need to fuss with your iPod or MP3 player. Unless you want dancing, think upbeat background noise and design your playlist accordingly.
A gracious host always follows up with his or her guests, so be sure to send a thank you note to each of your guests (via snail mail or email) – and let them know that their presence was appreciated.