When it comes to organising parties, it can be quite stressful. Which is my more people are opting to have close knit gatherings of their closest friends at home instead. Whether that is a birthday celebration, a baby shower, or simply a chance to get together and catch up. Being the host is one thing, but getting things together so that you can still enjoy the gathering without feeling like you are always serving people's needs is another thing to try and get right. So here are a few tips to help organise a perfect gathering with friends and enable you to make it a little bit special in the process.
Do something a little different
You will gain a little inspiration for the gathering because of the reason you are wanting to host it in the first place, but this shouldn’t just stop there. You might want to think about adding a different element to it. This could be having someone come to the party who is a specialist in selling certain products. This could be clothing, beauty or makeup. In this environment you can try things out and relax, and maybe make a cheeky purchase or two in the process. You could try and be a little more formal and organise an afternoon tea instead. Or think about a dinner party where you al sit at the table instead of gathered in a living room.
Take the stress away
Even if it is a simple gathering at home, there is still an element of stress. Cleaning your home for when people arrive, making sure that everything is in place. The one thing you could outsource could be the food. You could order in sandwich platters so that everything is ready. Or even go all out and hire caterers to put on a dinner party to remember. Just because you are at home, doesn’t mean you have to be boring or mundane with your approach.
When it comes to weddings, they can seem like some of the most expensive events on the plant, and whilst they certainly can be pricey if you allow them to be, they don’t have to be at all, so if you’re looking to have a great wedding without breaking the bank and would actually like to have some money left over that you could put towards something useful other than a party for a day, then in this post we’re going to share with you just how you can make that a possibility for yourself
Go easy on the guest list:
The guest lists are one of the biggest causes of friction at weddings, but they’re also one of the things that rack up the costs the most, so it’s time to get firm with setting some boundaries around this and not letting anyone dictate to you who should or shouldn’t be at your wedding. Whilst we’re not suggesting that you leave people out just because you want to save money, it’s important to remember that it’s your wedding and you should only have people there who actually play an active role in your life, so if you don’t feel like inviting all of your dad’s work colleagues who you’ve never met because he was invited to their kid’s weddings or you don’t feel like you want to invite your aunt who you haven’t seen since you were baby, then it’s entirely up to you.
Call in some favours:
As mentioned above, weddings can be expensive, so if you’re able to save some costs along the way, then there’s nothing wrong with doing that. For example, if you know someone who loves to bake, then you could ask them to make your wedding cake and help them get their first job as well as allowing your guests to see their work. Likewise, if you’re looking for wedding photographers and know someone who’s an aspiring one, then why not ask them instead of giving the job to a stranger?
Skip a sit down meal:
Food and drinks are one of the main costs at a wedding, so if you’re thinking of what to offer your guests, then instead of opting for the traditional sit-down meal, then you could go for a more informal buffet that is going to work out a good bit cheaper and also offer a more relaxed settings for your guests to get food when they’re actually hungry and not according to a schedule.
Buy second hand:
If you’re looking for your wedding dress and things like suits, then a good way to save money and still get some great pieces is by buying second hand. Second hand dresses for example, have only been worn once, so it really doesn’t make sense to spend so much money on something you’re only going to wear once yourself when you could save your money and buy something that’s gorgeous but where you can also keep the money to put towards other more important things.
When you are looking for things to do and see in Paris, Montmarte will undoubtedly be high on your search.
Montmarte is another of my favourite neighbour hoods in Paris to stroll through. Its eclectic and Bohemian and full of 18th century charm. It is the best place to just get lost. Once you have seen the usual tourist attractions (which are just gorgeous, touristy or not) you can begin to take in the simpler aspects of the little village.
And visiting in the winter means its less busy than usual. Total win, because you really can see it in all of its glory without having to fight your way through the hustle and bustle.
We took a walk to Le Mur des je t'aime which translates to “The Wall Of Love” in English. They don't call Paris the city of Love for nothing... this work of art being just one example of why Paris is so Romantic. The wall is covered in “I love you’s” 311 times in 250 languages.
And when you've walked and walked, reward yourself with a cafe creme and some beautiful views.
We visited as part of my birthday celebrations, in around the third week in January and I was surprised that Paris was still decorated for Christmas! Especially Montmarte, literally in all of its Christmas glory.
We walked to the Place du Tertre. The square is lined with 18th-century buildings with busy restaurants, cafes and crepe stands. Only at this time of year, they aren't quite so busy...
For me the whole essence of the village culminates at Place du Tertre Montmartre.
The usually packed street with colourful artist stalls, only has a handful of artists in the winter. The fact that its set within a picturesque cobblestone square only adds to its romantic vibe, its like an open-air art gallery bustling with locals and tourists.
No matter how any times I see the Sacre Coeur it never get over how beautiful it is. I will never forgot when I first saw it and the impact it made on me.
Which is your favourite area of Paris?
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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